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Sign An Opponent: Otavio | FC Porto

Liverpool have travelled to Portugal ahead of an important UEFA Champions League clash with FC Porto. Ahead of the meeting, here's a look at one player from the opposition that I believe the Reds would love to have...
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During a summer transfer window filled with plenty of speculation but little in the way of solid action from Anfield, FC Porto playmaker Otavio was one of the many names linked with a Liverpool move. 

Now the Football gods have transpired to pit the Reds against the man that could've been in the UEFA Champions League group stages. 

As the side's prepare to face off for the fifth time in just three years, here is an in-depth look at why the 26-year-old would be the ideal acquisition from Liverpool's Portuguese adversaries.

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Ever since Philippe Coutinho jetted out of Merseyside to Barcelona, there have been calls for a like for like replacement in Jurgen Klopp's squad. 

Thus far the German manager has ignored the noise and instead opted to reinvent the wheel somewhat with great success. 

After all, the eye-watering £142million fee obtained from the sale went towards signing three key components of the new-look Reds in the shape of Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Alisson Becker. 

However, Otavio would be a signing in the mould of the much-adored 'Little Magician', albeit perhaps with enhanced versatility. 

Predominantly operating as a number 10 throughout a career spanning spells with Internacional and Vitoria Guimarães before becoming established at Porto, the Portuguese international has played on either wing as well as in a more conventional midfield role. 

Boasting an array of impressive attributes including through balls, key passes, crossing and defensive contribution (WhoScored), Otavio looks to be a ready-made Klopp player. 

Whilst the similarities are clear for all to see with a player the German boss has been reticent to replace, Otavio's work rate would endear himself to Kopites and the manager alike in no time. 

Although the current Anfield squad is blessed with strong midfield numbers - none of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita or Curtis Jones have managed to cement the attacking midfield position as their own - perhaps leaving room for an addition. 

This season the skilful ace has provided three assists in eight outings - earning an impressive 7.21 Sofascore rating in seven Primeira Liga displays. 

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Born in Brazil, the attack-minded midfielder who has represented Portugal on two occasions at senior level, switched allegiances following youth appearances for the South American nation - perhaps unable to oust Coutinho himself at one stage.

Currently valued at £21.6million and under contract until 2025 in Portugal (Transfermarkt), any transfer may have to wait. 

For now, Liverpool supporters can get a closer look at the creative star and hope his talents aren't too impactful.