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With the Reds making contact over Chilean Alexis Sanchez in recent weeks, an in-depth look at how he's performing in Brazil.
The inevitable clamour has begun. In amongst the colour, vibrancy and fun of the World Cup is the black-and-white business of club football.
What begins as a gentle love for a national team transforms into an intense desire for individuals; spectators turn into vultures, waiting to pick those who stand out for their countries and drop them into the starting line-ups of their clubs.
In all likelihood, scouts do similar.
Chile forward Sanchez has been one of most exciting players at World Cup 2014. Granted, he is not exactly unknown, having scored 39 league goals in three seasons at Barcelona - including 19 in what was an excellent 2013-14 season at Camp Nou - but his starring role for the South Americans has shown a different aspect of his game.
Unlike at Barcelona, where he shimmies with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Pedro for superiority, Sanchez is the fulcrum of everything that Chile do well. Jorge Sampaoli has constructed a side that play fast, exhilarating football founded on off-the-ball movement and on-the-ball competence. It's something Sanchez excels at.
And the excitement he has brought, his name uttered in pubs and living rooms across Merseyside, will have increased ten-fold following the ECHO revealing Liverpool FC have been in contact with Barcelona over the availability of the 25-year-old.
James Pearce wrote: "Liverpool have been in contact with Barcelona in recent weeks to register their interest in Chile striker Alexis Sanchez, who is currently on duty at the World Cup."
Though there is no real indication of Sanchez being close to a move to Merseyside - Arsenal, Juventus and Manchester United also continue to be linked - but the World Cup is a time to watch, to deliberate, to dream.
Those dreams can sometimes turn to nightmares. El-Hadji Diouf, so exciting at World Cup 2002 having already agreed to join Liverpool, scored three league goals for the Reds; Phil Babb, supreme at USA '94, left Anfield after six years having made an impression on one of the goalposts and nothing else.
But though the Reds are just interested in the Chilean at the moment, it will still excite to see what he's capable of doing with the ball.
Against Holland, he produced a fine performance, despite his side's 2-0 defeat. He was intelligent - but also industrious - and proved a constant problem for the Dutch, who had tweaked their personnel to combat both Sanchez and Mauricio Isla.
It is Chile's right-hand side that usually brings them success, with Sanchez pivotal to that, so Louis van Gaal loaded the left-hand side with strong, physical players in a 3-4-3 formation.
Former Red Dirk Kuyt was played in an unfamiliar left wing-back role, while Daley Blind was used on the left side of the three centre-backs. Ron Vlaar, commanding for the Oranje, also protected Blind on the left.
And yet, Sanchez still stood out. He was forced to play deeper and collect the ball more than the previous two games - 56 per cent of touches were in the middle third on Monday, far higher than against Australia (38 per cent) and Spain (42 per cent).
But his inclination to collect the ball in a tight space with his back to goal and fashion himself space saw him deliver, putting his side on the front-foot when needed.
Early in the first half, he spun away from Blind near the centre-circle, pivoting 180 degrees with two touches, opening up the pitch and playing a ball out wide. Five seconds later, he nearly met the low cross into the box, having run 40 yards towards goal.
This summed up what Sanchez can do, even under duress.
Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool is one with players capable of beating the opposition centrally and taking them out of the game; it's a high-risk, high-reward style of play, one that Sterling and Coutinho in particular profited from last season. Sanchez, against Holland, completed eight successful dribbles past opponents, and now has 16 in three games.
His ability under pressure is apparent. He drew a foul from Blind towards the end of the first half, shepherding the ball from him; this came just a minute after a hopeful penalty appeal, falling under the pressure of Kuyt having made an incisive diagonal run into the box.
He remained on the right for the majority of the match, very much in a similar position Sterling adopted at times, when wider, last season.
But Sanchez's movement could see him also play central, especially with his skill when approaching defenders; early in the second half, he seized upon a loose header, 55 yards from goal. He looked to move inside but moved outside, leaving Blind off-balance and having an uncontested run towards the area - unfortunately, his final ball was over-hit.
Sanchez is a player who always looks to be involved; as mentioned, the Dutch forced him deeper, but he still looked to be instrumental going forward.
He blazed over from 25 yards after a nice run through the centre, and also left Jeremain Lens reeling with a sublime piece of skill - nutmegging the winger with a quick one-two, as sharp and quick as a boxer's jab, to dance away and test the goalkeeper.
He is not the finished product. Against Holland, his release of the ball seemed to be either too soon or too late, although his teammates' runs were not always the most welcoming. But his pass accuracy of 68 per cent - and a tournament average of 72 per cent - is a fair way behind his 80 per cent success rate for Barcelona last season.
In a side that appear to be founded on similar principles to Liverpool, it is no surprise contact was made with the Catalan club. His speed, skill and versatility - he is predominately a striker for Chile, but plays deeper, and wider, at Barcelona - would suit a side already full of it.
The next question is whether Sanchez can sustain it against hosts Brazil. After that, the final question: could he be a Liverpool player come August?