According to reports in Spain, Liverpool and Roma will battle it out for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha.
Liverpool struggled during the 2016/17 season with injuries to key players. With the likes of Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum all injured on different occasions, Jürgen Klopp struggled to find consistency after the turn of the year.
Emre Can, who finished the season as one of Liverpool’s standout performers, played through an ankle injury early on in the season which resulted in poor form. He was poor to the point that supporters were urging the club to sell him this summer – they look silly now, don’t they?
If a reporter from a local Catalan radio station is to be believed, however, Liverpool will look to combat their lack of depth in the middle of the park by going toe to toe with Roma to sign Barcelona’s Rafinha.
— Gerard Romero (@gerardromero) May 28, 2017
Gerard Romero tweeted Liverpool’s intention to slug it out with Roma to secure Rafinha’s signature but it’s not exactly a story that makes sense.
If Klopp is aiming to sign a new midfielder in order to solve the issues he had with injuries last season, why would he sign Rafinha, a player that missed the majority of the 2016/17 season with injury? The Brazilian midfielder has suffered an ACL injury before and has just returned after 12 games out with a meniscus problem
With Jordan Henderson’s worrying heel injury, Klopp would be making a huge error of judgement by signing Rafinha. I really don’t think the German manager is in for Rafinha and it’s more than likely just fuel for silly season at this point.
Rafinha would supposedly cost €25 million but at that price and given his serious injury history, a move for Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would make more sense. While the Englishman has had his fair share of injuries, he has enjoyed an injury-free streak of regular football recently in Arsene Wenger’s new 3-4-3 system.
Reports on the weekend indicated that Arsenal will offer a new deal to Chamberlain to ward off interest from Liverpool. Without being able to offer Champions League football, however, the North Londoners might struggle to hold onto him if Liverpool win their two-legged playoff in August.
Liverpool are also reportedly interested in RB Leipzig revelation Naby Keita but there has been very little concrete evidence to suggest that the Reds are close to securing a deal for the Guinean dynamo.