Jurgen Klopp was very impressed with Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup, labelling him a ‘talent of the century’ in the aftermath of the clash.
The German watched on as his incredibly young side played out what was a quite incredible cup tie, eventually winning on penalties thanks to the calmness of Curtis Jones and a good save from Caoimhin Kelleher.
He told Liverpool’s official website: “Sepp van den Berg played an incredible game. Martinelli’s pretty much the same age but he’s a talent of the century, he’s an incredible striker, so it’s really difficult.”
Martinelli was certainly very good and the Brazilian has a big future ahead of him. Klopp’s comments hint that the Reds have been tracking him for some time and that he is well aware of how good a player the Gunners have on their hands.
It would be no surprise to see Martinelli get a few Premier League matches for Arsenal as the season progresses, though the Reds have a few prodigious talents themselves, with the likes of Harvey Elliott, who is two years younger, and Ki-Jana Hoever, who is currently away on international duty with the Netherlands, also huge prospects.