Liverpool should consider reuniting Thiago and Rafinha. The latter could be what the Reds need right now.
L’Equipe claims Paris Saint-Germain are in a tough spot. They made a ‘promise’ to Ligue 1 that they’d watch their spending but to do so, they’re got to sell players.
Deals for Gini Wijnaldum and Achraf Hakimi force the situation, meaning several players are up for sale. One of those is quite an interesting idea for Liverpool, too.
The Reds might find that reuniting Thiago with Rafinha is in their best interests.
Thiago and Rafinha
L’Equipe’s article says Rafinha is one of those they could move on as Mauricio Pochettino isn’t a big fan. We think he might suit Liverpool.
The obvious idea here is to put him with Thiago. The two are brothers, after all, which does suggest they’d mesh reasonably well.
More importantly, Rafinha would come at a time when Liverpool do need a new midfielder. Wijnaldum left for PSG this month and that leaves a gap in the squad.
The squad, not the first XI. Thiago should fill the void as a starter but he’s a different type of player. Liverpool could still use an extra player to cover Wijnaldum’s loss.
Rafinha could be a good, versatile option. He’s a player who wins tackles at a wonderful rate – 2.4 per game over the last two years. It’s easy to see how that would fit into Liverpool’s resolute midfield.
But he also passes the ball very well. Rafinha averaged 50 passes a game last season at a 90% completion. That’s certainly something Liverpool can use.
So the 28-year-old is a player who can win the ball back and then keep it well. That’s essentially the role Wijnaldum has played for the last five years.
And without a need to spend big on a starter, Rafinha would be a cheap, experienced option who should fit into the squad quite easily. That’s worth looking at, for us.
There are injury concerns, of course. Though Rafinha does appear to be past those a little. He’s played 33 and 34 games in the last two seasons respectively – manage him well and there shouldn’t be too much concern.
The Athletic claims Liverpool need to sell before buying, suggesting there isn’t too much money available right now. If that is the case, a cut-price deal for Rafinha could work as a wonderful stop-gap for the next few years.
We think it’s well worth asking about.