Reported Liverpool target Joao Felix became the youngest hat-trick goalscorer in Europa League history on Thursday night when he netted a treble against Eintracht Frankfurt, and Reds fans are clearly impressed with what they saw.
Correio da Manha reported back in January that the Reds had a €70m (£60.5m) bid rejected for the exciting 19-year-old, who continues to make waves in his breakthrough season in the Portuguese outfit’s first team.
As well as his three goals in the first leg of the quarter-final tie, the forward also provided an assist to prove his quality on the European stage.
The teenager now has 15 goals and seven assists in 36 appearances in all competitions for Benfica this term, and the vultures will surely be beginning to circle.
Should the versatile forward end up arriving at Anfield he would be competing with the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane for a spot in the starting XI given he can play on either wing, while he could be the answer to their No.10 issues as he has featured and shone in a position behind the striker.
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Liverpool supporters on social media were certainly impressed with what they saw on Thursday, with one saying “Joao Felix plays like a classy, young, quick Fernando Torres”. High praise indeed.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Joao Felix plays like a classy, young, quick Fernando Torres, would be interesting to see if Klopp takes a chance on him at #LFC
— Harsh Valia (@HarshValia) April 12, 2019
— Kahniq (@OhhAneeq) April 12, 2019
João Felix is like if Inter Milan actually nurtured Coutinho properly. What a talent. #LFC
— Rex (@ThatRexGuy) April 12, 2019
— Shane Reid #GTTO (@CheekyShaneReid) April 12, 2019
— Liverpoolzy (@Liverpool_zy) April 11, 2019
@LFC sign João Felix ASAP.
Kid is an absolute baller and definitely gonna be one of the WORLD’S BEST…
Just throw £100mill at Benfica and get him.
— SG8 (@edduarprado) April 11, 2019
Think we should seriously be looking at this Joao Felix lad. ? #LFC
— Irish Reds ??? (@LFCIrishFanzone) April 11, 2019
Joao Felix is the best player I’ve ever seen man. Sign him up @LFC
— #9 (@NineRole) April 11, 2019