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Liverpool reportedly made a late investigation into the possible hiring of Joao Pedro from Fluminese in 2019 and, with the young Brazilian now establishing himself in the Championship with Watford, it appears the Reds may have made a mistake by not signing him.
According to the Meter, the Merseyside club asked about signing him when he was 17 years old despite the fact that he had already agreed to join the Hornets a year earlier.
The young forward was finally granted a work permit in October 2019, but would have to wait until January 2020 to join the team (according to BBC Sport).
Since then Pedro has appeared 20 times for the Hertfordshire side, in which he has contributed five goals and one assist.
All of those five goals have come in the Championship this season for Vladimir Ivić’s team and he appears to have established himself as a regular for Watford, having appeared in 14 of the 15 of their league matches thus far (according to Transfer market).
Do you think Liverpool will regret not signing Joao Pedro?
This is an impressive comeback for a 19-year-old who is still on his feet, and when you consider the quality of some of his goals, with his effort against Derby County earlier this season a outstanding finish, It seems Liverpool could regret not trying harder to try to sign him in 2019.
This particular goal clearly impressed his teammate Tom Cleverly, who suggested after the game that:
“It was a brilliant blow. He is hungry, he is another who works hard. He has gained about 7 kg of muscle since he arrived in the country, he knows what he wants to do and it is good to see him.” Watford observer)
Former Watford player Jobi McAnuff praised the Brazilian after he scored in Watford’s 3-1 win against Blackburn Rovers earlier in the season, saying:
“They made a good start to the game and it was a great finish from Joao Pedro who has had a [really] good start to the season.
“He made only three substitute appearances last year, but he started every game for them this season and he will be a great player for them and has a bright future.” (by Hertfordshire Mercury)
So he’s clearly impressed with his Championship performances this season and appears to be a potential future star, so it could definitely be argued that the Reds may have lost him when they tried to sign him in 2018.
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