Liverpool have been told how beating a quartet of clubs to the signing of Leeds United winger Raphinha would act as a safety net for Mo Salah’s eventual exit.
The Reds have already landed Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay this summer off the back of winning both domestic cups and finishing runners-up in the Champions League and Premier League.
While reports suggest that their transfer business is now done, former Liverpool Stan Collymore wants Raphinha on board.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Barcelona are all known to be the chasing the Brazilian, who excelled again last season.
And the player appears certain to join Kalvin Phillips in quitting Elland Road. Indeed, the Gunners have already bid for winger, while Chelsea are expected to make their own offer.
While the player’s heart is set on a move to the Nou Camp, that move now appears unlikely. Barca look set to agree new terms on a deal for Ousmane Dembele and no longer need the Leeds man.
That leaves the door open to Premier League rivals. And Collymore thinks Liverpool should sign Raphinha as a safety net for when Mo Salah eventually moves on.
“‘My message to Liverpool is, ‘Go on, get in there and get him, and future proof for the prospect of Mohamed Salah leaving in a year,’ Collymore told the Daily Mirror.
“If Jurgen Klopp can show the boy how to play with more tactical discipline, 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.
“I look at Chelsea and think they are all right for that kind of player. They have good players left and right.
Klopp tipped to take Raphinha to next level
“People will say that if you can hone his talent and skills, he can give you the same ‘Wow!’ factor, or at least a similar one, to Eden Hazard, even though they’re different players. But I just don’t see him as an automatic pick there.
“With Arsenal, he would go there and carry on in the same vein as he plays at Leeds, where I don’t think he is as tactically aware as I’d like him to be, a lot of what he does is off the cuff.
Arsenal have bid rejected for Raphinha by Leeds
Arsenal have had a bid rejected for Raphinha by Leeds United who want £65m for the winger
“But if you’re looking at Klopp and what he has done with Salah and Sadio Mane then he could do the same with Raphinha.
“If Liverpool, on the back of good business with Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho, were to get Raphinha and tell him to watch Salah for the next year, not only will he learn but it would also put Mo under a nice bit of pressure to make him think, ‘Am I going to stay or am I going to go?’
“Nobody is comparing Raphinha to Salah because you can’t compare anyone to Salah. But he has rapid pace, amazing skills and ability, and he can be polished to score more goals and get more assists.
“If Klopp can do that then, all of a sudden, by this time next year, Liverpool could have an all-new front three and it will be as if people have blinked and not even noticed, which would be amazing.”