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Jurgen Klopp gives Liverpool permission to pursue Ruben Neves

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When Jurgen Klopp was first linked with the vacant position at Liverpool, much of the focus was concentrated on the fact that the German manager would be unwilling to work with the club's controversial transfer committee.

Klopp addressed the situation head on in his first press conference as Anfield chief, insisting he had no problem working with Ian Ayre, Michael Edwards, and Dave Fallows. And it seems the 48-year-old has already practiced what he preached.

According to the Mirror, the former Borussia Dortmund boss has already met with his fellow transfer dignitaries and agreed to pursue a deal for Porto's teenage wonderkid Ruben Neves.

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Mirror journalist Ed Maylon has claimed an informal approach was made for the in-demand 18-year-old this week, suggesting Klopp has given the green light. The approach was welcomed by the midfielder's representatives, leaving Liverpool feeling confident about sealing a deal.

The report also, rather sensationally, claims the Merseyside outfit are ready to make Neves the best-paid teenager in world football if he agrees to move to Anfield.

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Liverpool were interested in Neves before Klopp took charge, but the German's arrival will only improve their chances of sealing the signature of Portugal's youngest ever Under-21 international.

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However, the Reds may be going head-to-head with Premier League rivals Chelsea, who just two weeks ago were linked with a £29m move for Neves. Jose Mourinho is believed to have been impressed with the midfielder after he inspired a 2-1 Champions League win over his Blues team.

That same report from the Evening Standard also credited La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona with a fleeting interest in signing the deep-lying star.

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