Benfica talent Goncalo Ramos was linked with Nottingham Forest in January and last night he was giving Liverpool an almighty scare in the Champions League.

The Portuguese marvel was targeted by Dane Murphy as he looked to bolster the club’s strike force.

Forest were linked with the Benfica man at the same time as Martin Satriano from Inter and Marcus Forss who is on the books at Brentford.

Ultimately, Forest didn’t go for any of the trio. Instead, they opted to get a quick deal to sign Keinan Davis on loan from Aston Villa.

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Ramos stayed at Benfica due to a managerial change. Jorge Jesus was sacked and Nelson Verissimo was tasked with utilising the club’s younger players.

That paved the way for him to earn more first-team chances and he started at Anfield last night. He equalised in the 32nd minute to cancel out Ibrahima Konate’s opening goal.

It was the eighth time he’s scored this season, with the forward also chipping in with four assists.

Ramos was a constant menace to the Liverpool back four and he gave any Forest fans who were watching a glimpse of what they might have signed.

Ramos form shows Forest were right to target overseas player

Due to several flops coming in, some links to foreign players are met with serious angst among the fan base.

Ramos’ recent good form suggests that Murphy and Steve Cooper will leave no stone unturned in their quest to bolster the squad.

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Some players may arrive from overseas but ultimately it would appear that due diligence is being done on any potential signing.

At 20-years-old, Ramos would have been the ideal signing with one eye on the future.

O Jogo in Portugal recently compared the versatile forward to Thomas Muller and it’s fair to say the Reds will have now missed the boat with Ramos.

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