Liverpool report: Reds to battle Tottenham for Portuguese wonderkid and his team-mate

Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates his side's 7-0 win over Manchester United at Anfield. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Liverpool and Tottenham are both keeping tabs on Benfica duo Antonio Silva and Florentino Luis, according to reports.

Both clubs sent scouts to watch the pair in action as Roger Schmidt's side beat Famalicao 2-0 on Friday, according to 90min (opens in new tab).

The Portuguese outfit, who are eight points clear at the top of the Primeira Liga table, recently secured their place in the Champions League quarter-finals with a 7-1 aggregate victory over Scott Parker's Club Brugge.

Antonio Silva

Liverpool and Tottenham are both keeping tabs on Benfica defender Antonio Silva (Image credit: Getty)

Benfica are therefore enjoying a fantastic season, and Florentino and Silva have been integral parts of the team throughout.

The 19-year-old Silva only made his first-team debut in August but he is already one of the first names on Schmidt's team sheet.

The centre-back, who has cited Virgil van Dijk, Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Dias as defenders he admires, was part of the Portugal squad at the World Cup in Qatar.

Florentino, a 23-year-old holding midfielder who also graduated from the Benfica academy, has also shone this term.

Florentino Luis

Liverpool could face competition from Tottenham for the signature of Florentino Luis (Image credit: Getty)

After making only 17 appearances in all competitions last season, he has already racked up 36 outings for Benfica this time around.

For now the pair will be fully focused on helping the Eagles win the Portuguese title and go deep in the Champions League.

But both players are expected to be the subject of offers from around Europe once the transfer window reopens for business in the summer.

Mohamed Salah

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates one of his goals in the 7-0 win over Manchester United at Anfield in March 2023. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Liverpool (opens in new tab) will be looking to bolster their midfield ranks in the summer and are said to have identified Florentino as a potential target.

The Reds also like the look of Silva, who could be harder to prise away from the Estadio do Luz as this is only his first season in the Benfica first team.

Tottenham (opens in new tab) are also keen on both players, and much could depend on which of the two clubs qualifies for the Champions League.

Spurs and Liverpool are among the contenders for fourth place in the Premier League.

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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).