Liverpool were interested in Eder Militão says former São Paulo coach

30/04/2020 6:20 PM

Former Liverpool and São Paulo coach Michael Beale says the Premier League club asked him to keep an eye on centre half Eder Militão during his stint in Brazil.

Beale, who now works for Glasgow Rangers in Scotland, spent some time as assistant to Rogerio Ceni at São Paulo where he coached Militão,

“He was a good player and Liverpool already knew about Eder and asked me to keep an eye on him,” Beale told Goal. “We went to the academy and picked eight players to start pre-season with us. Eder was one.

“He was always a good player as a centre-half who played in central midfield. We played him either as a right centre-back in a three or right-back just because he was growing into the position.

“We gave eight or nine debuts in our 36 games there. Eder was like what Trent [Alexander-Arnold] is doing now. You wished he would do it but sometimes you don’t see how they can do it so quickly.

“Eder went to Porto, which was a great softener for his move to Europe. He had two fantastic years in Europe and at Real Madrid he now faces difficulties. He is trying to displace the world’s best players in Varane and Ramos.

“Every day, he is going to learn, grow and get better. He is a Brazil full international playing for the most mystical national team in the world. I just smile and I had a one per cent impact on Eder’s career but I was around when we helped him make his debut so I was proud of that.”


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