Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk played a key role in Benfica striker Darwin Nunez's decision to move to Anfield.
The Sunday Times says Liverpool chose to act after Nunez's goalscoring run in Benfica's Champions League campaign - which ended at the quarterfinal stage against Liverpool.
Both manager Jurgen Klopp and Van Dijk played important roles in persuading Nunez to move to Anfield as they directly talked to him during those matches back in April.
Publicly, Nunez is said to believe that Reds boss Klopp is “the best coach in the world" while so impressed was Van Dijk with the striker that he listed him alongside Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as the toughest forwards he has faced during his career.
The praise worked a charm on Nunez who has been banking on moving to Liverpool ever since.
Julian Ward, Liverpool's director of football, has been in Lisbon over the weekend to conclude the deal for the 22-year-old striker. The Reds are paying a fee rising to €100m.