Liverpool: Are they in a battle for top four spot?
Liverpool’s scouts are said to be impressed by Leeds winger Raphinha and his team-mate Patrick Bamford is in agreement that he could play for a top club. The striker was assisted by the Brazilian last night at Elland Road as the Whites beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in the Premier League.
Raphinha’s skill, flair and creativity is now a real asset to Marcelo Bielsa’s side and the £17million fee paid to Rennes last summer already looks a major coup.
He produced a moment of magic to nutmeg Gary Cahill before drawing a foul in the first half.
The 24-year-old has four goals and four assists to his name this season in his campaign on English shores.
France Football claim that Liverpool’s scouts have been wowed by his performance of late.
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With Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino currently lacking form in the absence of Diogo Jota, Raphinha could be the perfect addition for the champions.
Fellow attacker Bamford is in agreement that Raphinha should be playing for one of the Premier League’s Big Six.
He told Sky Sports: “Yeah Raphinha is brilliant. To be honest he’s been a steal for Leeds.
“As soon as you came into training, you know sometimes with training you noticed if some players are top class.
“He really was and you noticed that he stood out straight away.
“I’m surprised that bigger teams, or more established Premier League teams I should say haven’t taken a punt on him.
“He’s something special and the thing is, he’s still young.”
Jamie Carragher then joked: “Marcelo’s interpreter won’t like that answer!”
Before Bamford added: “You better not put that one in there!”
Speaking in December, Bielsa confessed that Raphinha was the perfect signing for his Championship-winning Leeds team.
“He’s a player with a capacity to unbalance a team individually,” he said. “Every one of his physical qualities are good.
“He’s a dynamic player, who’s not difficult for him to go forward and come back or to get in behind and defend.
“The characteristics of the team coincide with his way of playing.”
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