Leeds United star Raphinha has been tipped with a summer move to Liverpool – and Kopites have reacted on Twitter to reports Jurgen Klopp could land the Brazilian talisman.
With the Reds’ title defence in disarray, and the first-team squad in need of refreshing, Klopp and sporting director Michael Edwards will be looking to get ahead in the market this summer.
There is no doubt that there are areas in Liverpool’s squad that would benefit from a reshuffle, and the hope is that the club are in a financially stable position to significantly strengthen in July.
One pressing area that may receive bolstering is in the attack, following on from last summer’s £45 million acquisition of Diogo Jota from Wolves.
With Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all failing to make an impact off the bench, at least one forward is likely to be brought in.
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And according to Juve Live, Raphinha will be departing Leeds in order to join Liverpool as Marcelo Bielsa’s side target a replacement.
Raphinha to Liverpool?
The 24-year-old has made a lasting impression since his £17m [BBC] move from Rennes to Elland Road last summer.
In 17 Premier League appearances this season, the Leeds No.18 has clocked up four goals and four assists.
Indeed, this is far from the most reliable source, but an interest from Liverpool’s behalf shouldn’t be too much of a surprise given Raphinha’s ability.
According to The Athletic, Raphinha is amongst the Premier League’s most-prolific sprinter this season as a result of Bielsa’s energy-sapping high-tempo system, one which Klopp also adopts.
He typically plays on the right flank for the Argentinian manager, but is also capable of operating on the other wing or as a central attacking midfielder.
However, a deal for the former Sporting Lisbon talisman could prove costly, given Raphinha only swapped Ligue 1 for the English top-flight last season.
Raphinha is contracted at Elland Road until 2024 and according to Phil Hay of The Athletic, the versatile front-man will ‘cost a lot of money’.
Liverpool have also been mooted in withholding an interest in other forward targets such as Sporting’s Pedro Goncalves and Rennes’ Jeremy Doku, although Raphinha is certainly another player to keep an eye on in the coming months.
Let’s see what the Anfield faithful had to say on the rumours surfacing around the talented Brazilian starlet…