Liverpool 'scout' Sporting match-winner and manager in brilliant Portuguese cup tie

The Portuguese cup featured two top sides with plenty of talent which Liverpool reportedly had scouts in attendance for.

Liverpool reportedly had scouts in Portugal last night to cover Sporting's victory over Benfica as they kept a close eye on a few targets.

As reported yesterday, the Reds had sent people to watch and analyse the game between two of the best teams in Portugual. In addition, both teams possess plenty of young, talented figures who are ripe for a move in the near future.

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According to Record Portugal, Liverpool were in attendance to keep a keen eye on Ousmane Diomande, Viktor Gyokeres, João Neves and Antonio Silva, who were 'listed' as players they were watching - as well as manager Ruben Amorim. Gyokeres netted an excellent second for the home side to give them a two-goal lead. That was the forward's 31st goal of the season and he's having the season of his career so far.

In terms of other strong performances, defender Silva produced a fine display as he recorded four clearances, four tackles and five blocked shots, won five of his seven ground duels and registered a 94% pass success rate. The 20-year-old has a deal in place until 2027 and reports across recent months have stipulated the Portugal international has a €100million release clause.

Looking to Amorim's team figures, his side were fractionally lower in terms of possession (48%) but managed more shots (19) and had nearly as many shots on target (4) as Sporting had in total (5). One aspect of his side's game that was successful was their ability to counter; Gyokeres' goal came from a one-man counter-attack and they registered five counter attack shots from five counter-attacks - something which would work well with Liverpool's current strengths.

Both sides could face Liverpool in the Europa League in the next round; Sporting face tricky Serie A side Atalanta while Benfica take on Rangers. Xabi Alonso's Bayer Leverkusen are also in the draw meaning that Liverpool's managerial targets could face off against Jurgen Klopp down the line this season.

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