Stan Collymore believes Raphinha, a standout for Leeds United, should choose to come to Liverpool this summer to round off a brilliant transfer window for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Brazilian international has recently been linked with a transfer to Liverpool, although it was claimed that he would like to go to Barcelona.
However, the Catalan team is short on cash and could not be able to match the Yorkshire team’s £60 million value for the 25-year-old.
“The Reds will have one hell of a potential threat down the left or right with a promise of goals if he stays high up the pitch rather than drifting,” Collymore told the Mirror. “If Jurgen Klopp can show the boy how to play with more tactical discipline.”
“When I look at Chelsea, I believe they are a great fit for that type of player because they have excellent players all over the place. Although they are different players, some claim that if you can develop his talent and skills, he can provide you with the same “Wow!” effect, or at least one similar to Eden Hazard.
But I just can’t see him being the first choice there. He would play for Arsenal in the same way that he does for Leeds, where I don’t think he is as tactically aware as I’d like him to be and most of what he does are off the cuff.
The AXA Training Center, in Collymore’s opinion, would be the ideal setting for accelerating Raphinha’s development.
He has always been a player of quality, as seen in his £17 million transfer from Rennes to Leeds in 2020, but there are still some parts of his game that Klopp might work to improve to ensure the winger reaches his full potential.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager is well known for his player development and man-management skills.
Collymore thinks that if the winger were to move to Merseyside, it would put Mo Salah under some “pressure” to determine if he wants to stay at Anfield through the end of the current season on his current deal.
Collymore continued, “But if you look at Klopp and what he has done with Salah and Sadio Mane, he could do the same with Raphinha.
What level of tactical knowledge did Mane possess before to joining Liverpool? Likewise, Salah may be the subject of the same inquiry. Although he has such incredible speed and has scored goals with Roma, he still needed refining to improve as a goal scorer in the Premier League. You wonder if Raphinha could be interested in Klopp’s remarkable ability to deal with talented sidemen given that Salah is in the final year of his contract and there is currently no indication that he will stay or leave.
“And if Liverpool, following their success with Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho, were to sign Raphinha and tell him to watch Salah for the upcoming season, he would not only learn but would also put him under a nice amount of pressure, forcing him to consider whether he should stay or leave. Salah cannot be compared to anyone else, hence no one is comparing Raphinha to him.
He can be polished to score more goals and provide more assists, because he has a quick pace, fantastic abilities, and ability. If Klopp is able to pull that off, Liverpool might have a brand-new front three by this time next year, and it will seem as if nobody even noticed, which is great.
Although Raphinha has the potential to thrive in Merseyside, our chances of signing him during this transfer window appear to be fairly slim.
Barcelona are still interested, and another Premier League team Arsenal is also eager to sign him.
The Leeds United player’s contract doesn’t expire until 2024, so there’s no reason a potential move for him can’t be revisited next year. Calvin Ramsay is thought to be the last of our signings this window.