Liverpool started negotiations with 24-year-old South American striker

Merseyside club are reportedly stepping up their interest in the possible transfer of Benfica centre-forward Carlos Vinicius amid reports linking Roberto Firmino with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

Liverpool could perhaps do with more options upfront due to a lack of depth in their front-line this campaign, with teenager Rhian Brewster struggling to make an impact before heading out on loan, while Divock Origi has also not been able to push on and play more this term.

Carlos, meanwhile, has shone at Benfica, with the Merseyside club sent scouts to watch him in the recent game with Porto, while Chelsea and Man United officials were also present. Jurgen Klopp wants to bolster the attack during the summer transfer window, and his primary target is the Brazilian centre-forward.

Both those sides could arguably do with a centre-forward signing even more than Liverpool this summer, with Frank Lampard overly reliant on Tammy Abraham this campaign, while the Norwegian manager’s over-use of top scorer Marcus Rashford has seen him pick up a season-threatening injury.

Vinicius seems like he could make the step up to a bigger club soon, and will have impressed his watching admirers with two goals with Porto. Merseyside club may also have been watching Benfica centre-back Ruben Dias, another footballer recently linked with the PL giants.

Liverpool have fantastic consequences in the Premier League this season as they are leading the table. Reds signed several footballers during the summer transfer window like Sepp van den Berg from Zwolle, Harvey Elliott from Fulham, Spanish goalkeeper Adrian and English shot-stopper Andy Lonergan.