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Liverpool now fighting to sign Leeds magician Raphinha

The warning signs that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is preparing for a crisis unlike any other he has had to face so far as manager of the club are building.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all have their contracts up at the end of next season, and as of today, there has been no progress in negotiations.

Striker Divock Origi’s departure will be a little more imminent too – with his own contract expiring at the end of this campaign, while there could be interest in back-up winger Takumi Minamino who has impressed in the limited cameos he has been given.

With Liverpool potentially heading into next season and beyond a little light in the attacking department compared to now, the club have been linked with a number of names ahead of the transfer window – with the latest being Leeds winger Raphinha.

Would Raphinha be a success at Liverpool?

Yes, he is extremely talented!

Yes, he is extremely talented!

No, he won't replicate Salah/Mane!

No, he won't replicate Salah/Mane!

What’s the news?

Journalist Fabrizio Romano confirmed the Reds’ interest via Twitter yesterday, also claiming that other clubs are also interested, saying: “Barcelona are interested in Raphinha alongside Premier League clubs, including Liverpool – Chelsea wanted him, now in stand-by. Barça already discussed about Raphinha with Deco. 

“No talks yet with Leeds – as price depends on their PL future and potential buy out clauses.”

He can become a potential superstar

At just 25-years-old, Leeds have seemingly pinned a lot of their Premier League survival hopes on the Brazilian – which while puts huge pressure and responsibility on his shoulders, it is also a big compliment to him and his ability.

Despite sitting 16th in the table right now, Raphinha has once again impressed greatly, scoring nine goals in 27 league appearances, as well as creating three more – but having missed five key chances and created nine big chances, his totals for the season should be more.

A technically gifted “magician” according to teammate Dan James, the former Rennes star guarantees excitement.

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That’s evident by the fact he ranks in the top 5% among players in his position across Europe’s top five leagues and continental competitions for dribbles attempted per 90 (5.35), top 3% for nutmegs per 90 (0.48) and top 11% for progressive passes per 90 (5.16).

While it’s difficult to replace any of Salah, Mane or Firmino, Raphinha would definitely be able to get the Kop on their feet regularly and being valued at just £36m by Transfermarkt, he could potentially represent good value for money.

Keeping in mind his dazzling qualities on the ball, he could forge quite the partnership alongside the likes of January signing Diaz and 17-goal Diogo Jota – as Klopp prepares Liverpool for the future.

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