In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Newcastle United midfielder Steve Howey has been talking about Liverpool’s reported interest in Leeds United winger Raphinha.
The Brazilian joined the Yorkshire side from Stade Rennais during the summer and has impressed in the Premier League so far this season, contributing four goals and four assists in 17 appearances; averaging a solid 7.01 rating.
As a result, it has been reported that the 24-year-old is top of Jurgen Klopp’s scouting list ahead of the summer transfer window, as he looks to bring in more competition for his front three.
The Reds already brought in Diogo Jota from Wolves last summer and he was superb before his injury, but the Merseyside outfit have struggled in his absence and have been extremely reliant on Mohamed Salah for goals in recent fixtures.
Here’s what Howey had to say about Liverpool potentially signing Raphinha when speaking exclusively to FFC:
“Do they really need him? For me, it comes down to the player. Does he want to play week in week out and be a part of something? Or does he want to be a bit-part player at Liverpool? Me, personally? Week in, week out playing football, every day of the week.”
Howey certainly seems to feel that if the £16.2 million-rated Raphinha were to join Liverpool, then he would be on the fringes of the first-team squad, whereas at Leeds, he could continue to be a key player, something which he feels would be better for the Brazilian’s career.
Considering Leeds’ impressive first season back in the Premier League, it is easy to see why Howey feels this way, but if the 24-year-old wants to challenge for major trophies in his career, then perhaps he would be best served moving to Anfield, where he would no doubt be confident in his own ability to challenge the likes of Salah and Sadio Mane for a starting spot in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
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