Rick Parry has confirmed that Liverpool are likely to try and sign Benfica winger Simao Sabrosa in the January transfer window.

Simao came close to joining Liverpool in the summer but after the clubs had agreed a fee, Benfica underwent a change of heart and pulled out of the deal.

“He is a great player and we need more like him,” Parry told O Jogo.

“I did not see the Manchester United – Benfica game, but I heard about his great goal and excellent performance.

“Simao is confirming that he is a great player.”

When asked whether Liverpool would make a move for him in January, he added: “We have still not definitively decided, but it is an interesting option for us.

“We need a player with his characteristics.

“I don’t know if Benfica are willing to let him go, but we can talk.”