Andre sends Liverpool a message as Fluminense win Copa Libertadores

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Liverpool target Andre Trindade has sent the Merseyside giants a message courtesy of his performance in the Copa Libertadores final as Brazilian club Fluminense defeated Argentinian rivals Boca Juniors after extra time on Saturday night. The Reds have been linked with 22-year-old for months and have been tipped to prise the ace away from his homeland next year.

Andre, who was born in Algodao in eastern Brazil, is viewed as one of the best young midfielders in South America and was handed his international debut from the bench during a friendly defeat to Senegal in June. He also appeared for Brazil as a substitute last month when his country drew with Venezuela in a World Cup qualifier. But it’s his latest performance for Fluminense that has caught the eye.

The Copa Libertadores final, which is South America’s version of the Champions League final, proved to be a tight affair as German Cano gave the Brazilian team the lead in the first half. Luis Advincula then drew Boca level with a thumping long-range effort in the second period. But John Kennedy popped up with the winner during extra time.

Andre produced a scintillating display during the match. And his stats suggest he could flourish if given the opportunity in a Liverpool shirt.

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According to Sky Sports and BBC statistician Statman Dave, Andre had a 93.6 per cent pass accuracy during the final after completing 59 of his 63 passes. He had 79 touches, won seven of his nine ground duels and completed two dribbles. He also showed his tenacity without the ball as he won four out of five tackles. And if he could replicate those numbers in the Premier League, he would take English football by storm.

Andre, who has also attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal and Fulham, has been asked about his future during interviews. And he recently said: “I follow the Premier League a lot. It’s a very competitive league that demands a lot from players. But today my dream is to live day by day here in Fluminense. I don’t know what will happen in the future. I have a long contract at Fluminense [which runs until the end of 2026] and I really like being here.

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And after being asked specifically about Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp by Spanish publication AS ahead of the Copa Libertadores final, the ace explained: “I follow overseas games a bit and I know that their work is exceptional.

“Without a doubt he is a great coach – very intelligent and successful. But at the moment my coach is [Fernando] Diniz, a person I appreciate a lot off the field and who understands my style of play. I know how much I have grown in the field under his direction.”

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