Liverpool hot on trail on Porto defender as Jurgen Klopp eyes young talent across Europe

LIVERPOOL are on the trail of Porto central defender Chidozie Awaziem.

The Nigeria international, 20, broke into the Primeira Liga club’s first team last season.

He has been an ever-present for their reserve side in the second division this term.

And a Kop scout reportedly spoke with Awaziem at Nigeria’s friendly clash with Senegal at Barnet last month, when the defender was an unused sub as the sides drew 1-1.

Nigerian and Portuguese media claim Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp plans to continue monitoring the youngster’s progress.

Awaziem’s advisor Babawo Mohammed said: “I’m not aware of any meeting with a scout from Liverpool.

“But this is football, where anything can happen – especially when you are talking about a player who has all it takes to be a star in the not too distant future.

“Awaziem is a good player, but he belongs to FC Porto. I know contact was made with some teams in England.”

Born in Enugu, the defender joined Porto in 2014 from El-Kameni Warriors.

He has since made 10 senior appearances for the 27-times national champions.