With Liverpool having scored more goals in the Premier League than any other side this season, with 43 netted in 14 games, it’s safe to say that they haven’t had any troubles in front of goal.
One man who has played a huge part in the Reds’ impressive attacking power this season is Mohamed Salah, who has scored 19 goals in as many games across all competitions from the right wing.
Despite his impressive goals record this season, recent reports have linked Liverpool with another right winger who could be a potential long-term heir to the Egyptian.
According to Spanish media outlet Fichajes, Liverpool are one of the clubs interested in signing Leeds United winger Raphinha in the future, alongside Paris Saint-Germain and fellow Premier League club Newcastle United.
Since joining Leeds from Rennes back in October 2020 in a deal worth a reported fee of £17m, the 24-year-old – who is currently valued at £28.8m by Transfermarkt – has scored 12 goals and provided nine assists in 43 appearances for the Yorkshire club, cementing himself as an important figure for them.
Even with the Whites’ rather underwhelming start to the season, Raphinha has still managed to show his attacking threat by averaging 3.2 shots and 1.9 key passes per game.
The Brazilian has also shown that he doesn’t shirk away from his defensive duties either by making 1.5 tackles per game in the league as well, which could make him a good fit for Liverpool’s intensity-driven style of play given how active he is on the pitch.
With this in mind and Raphinha’s current contract not set to expire until 2024, it could prove to be quite difficult for Liverpool to take him away from Elland Road.
However, with Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards set to leave his position at the end of the season, he could end his tenure on a high note if he’s able to deliver Raphinha to the club as a player who can spark a new era at Anfield given the ages of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino and the fact that their contracts are set to expire in 2023.
Taking into account Raphinha’s age and that Diogo Jota is also 24, they could make up two of Liverpool’s next front three when Firmino, Mane and Salah move on.
Labelled an “electric” player by former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford, Edwards could leave Anfield in the summer knowing that their future will be in good hands on the pitch going forward if he can add Raphinha to their squad.