Liverpool are reportedly tracking Leeds winger Raphinha ahead of the summer transfer window and considering his superb start to life in the Premier League, he could be an excellent signing for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
According to France soccer (via Daily Record), the Reds are now very interested in signing the Brazilian, having sent scouts to watch his performances under Marcelo Bielsa this season.
He is now reportedly at the top of a shortlist of targets that will be recommended to Klopp during the summer, suggesting that he is a serious option for the Reds ahead of next season.
The 24-year-old joined the Yorkshire side from Stade Rennes during the summer for a fee of £17 million and has quickly adapted to life in England’s top-flight.
In 17 Premier League appearances, the winger has contributed four goals and four assists, earning him an average rating of 7.01, including the only goal in a 1-0 win against Everton at Goodison Park, which may go some way to winning over the Liverpool fans should he join.
Whilst Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have still emphasised their world-class qualities on the wings this season, with Diogo Jota having also impressed since joining from Wolves, the fact that Klopp’s side failed to score in four consecutive Premier League games earlier this year emphasises that they can still improve from an attacking perspective.
Earlier this season, BBC pundit Noel Whelan was full of praise for Raphinha, saying:
“He is exciting. He is direct, he has got pace.
“We saw that quality very early on when he came on when he threaded that ball through for Harrison into the 18-yard box. That was quality there.
“Raphinha, he is only going to get better.”
The Leeds man averages a similar number of shots, key passes and dribbles per game as the main Liverpool attackers, which suggests that he would fit in well at Anfield should he join in the summer.
Therefore, signing someone such as Raphinha, who can create something out of nothing with his ability and skills on the ball, could add something different to this Reds attack, so Michael Edwards should definitely try and bring him to Liverpool ahead of next season.
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