Liverpool want Raphinha, according to reports, but how does that mesh with Mohamed Salah? The Egyptian may suffer some big changes.
We’ve already talked about the finances involved here. Leeds only signed Raphinha for £17m this season – they’d want a fortune to sell him.
Longari’s information even states that Leeds don’t want to sell. It’s difficult to see how anyone gets him for a reasonable price.
But say Liverpool do pay their asking-price – what would that mean for Salah?
Raphinha can play on either flank but he almost exclusively plays from the right. Per Whoscored, he’s started just twice on the left this season.
And that creates a probelm. Mohamed Salah plays on the right for Liverpool, so paying a hefty fee for Raphinha makes little sense.
Salah isn’t just any other player, after all. He’s a Liverpool legend and their only current player who consistently scores goals.
Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer, still, and has 38 per cent of Liverpool’s league goals. The Egyptian isn’t someone that needs replacing.
But he is pushing 30. Perhaps, then, Liverpool plan big changes for Salah.
This will be the final year or two when he could command a massive price in any sale. Liverpool may want to move him on to fund other deals.
Alternatively, they could see a future for him down the middle. If Salah becomes more of a striker, the right flank is there for Raphinha.
Salah’s record as a striker is phenomenal, after all, while Roberto Firmino struggles there.
We don’t see any way Liverpool would break the bank for Raphinha to play him in a new position. It only makes sense if Salah vacates that right flank.
We don’t know what Liverpool plan to do but if they truly want Raphinha, it must mean big changes for Salah.