The Brazilian has long been admired by Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, who wanted to sign a 16 year-old Rodrygo early into his tenure at Anfield.
AS says Klopp was fascinated with the Brazilian player when taking his first steps at Santos.
Klopp, at a time when Liverpool was rebuilding, even considered going to Brazil to see the young prodigy play, but that was not even necessary. A representative of the Reds tabled a proposal, based on €6m, plus bonuses, but Santos decided not to accept, convinced the best solution would be to wait at least a year and double or triple their money.
Eventually, in 2019, Rodrygo was sold to Real Madrid for €45m.