Liverpool have been handed a potentially huge boost in their pursuit of Leeds United winger Raphinha as the upcoming transfer window approaches.
What’s the story?
The Wales international has impressed throughout a series of loan spells away from Anfield and could be used as a makeweight to bring Raphinha to Merseyside.
Klopp must axe Wilson
After the Euros, Wilson wil return to his parent club following an impressive stint with Cardiff City, scoring seven goals and providing 12 assists in 37 Championship appearances.
However, the £60,000-per-week starlet is not thought to be in Klopp’s first-team plans for the future and as such, he will be allowed to depart his boyhood club this summer.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have been linked with a move for Leeds’ Raphinha after his magnificent maiden Premier League campaign.
The 24-year-old received many plaudits following his arrival from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes 12 months ago, scoring and assisting a combined 15 goals in 30 top-flight matches.
Klopp is hoping to add extra firepower to his attacking options due to the underwhelming performance of several of his forward players throughout last season.
Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino had uncharacteristically poor campaigns, while Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi once again failed to step up to the mark.
Their lack of punch in the final third contributed to Liverpool’s rather disappointing third-place finish, and Klopp is attempting to ensure those issues don’t plague his side once again.
While Wilson has shone in England’s second-tier, he has shown nothing to suggest that he possesses the required quality to guide the Reds back to the summit of English and European football.
Raphinha, on the other hand, may have exactly that. The South American star went from strength to strength in 2020/21 as he slowly adapted to the demands of the Premier League.
At Anfield, he would be surrounded by a calibre far higher than he is currently playing alongside, meaning a natural jump in his output is likely to occur.
Klopp has shown admirable loyalty throughout his managerial career, but the German tactician must brutally axe Wilson over the coming months in order to secure what could be a crucial addition to his stuttering Liverpool side.