Given the emergence of talent out of Portugal in recent years, the country has become a regular hunting ground for teams up and down the Premier League.
Barely a week goes by without an English team (usually, several) scouting Portuguese teams and last night was no different.
Record report there were several in attendance for Benfica’s clash with RB Leipzig in the Champions League and Liverpool were among them.
There’s no mention of who they were there to watch, but there are players on both sides that would fit the bill.
Timo Werner is the obvious one as Liverpool have been linked to him for several years and, despite Divock Origi’s best efforts, could still do with some reinforcement upfront.
It’s more plausible they were there to scout Benfica youngsters, though, and midfielder David Tavares would undoubtedly be at the top of the list.
The 20-year-old has was linked with a move to Anfield previously, with O Jogo reporting back in June he had impressed ‘‘Liverpool officials’’. He’s stepped up to the first-team squad this season, although he’s yet to start.
He came off the bench in last night’s defeat for his first appearance of the season but had a hard time in the 1-2 defeat to Leipzi.
So perhaps if he was the focus of their attention, Liverpool might want to book another trip to Portugal in the near future for a second look.