Fernandes comments on Raphinha show why Liverpool want Leeds star

Date published: Thursday 11th February 2021 8:21 - James Marshment

Raphinha, Bruno Fernandes Sporting Lisbon

Bruno Fernandes has already given reported Liverpool target Raphinha a huge endorsement following the pair’s time together at Sporting Lisbon.

The £17million signing has scored four goals and assisted four others in 17 Premier League appearances. Indeed, his skills have lit up the Premier League in recent months. The Brazilian was named Man of the Match as Crystal Palace were comfortably put to the sword at Elland Road on Monday evening. In fact, a brilliant piece of skill by the Brazilian during the clash soon went viral.

Such has been the rise of Raphinha that there is already speculation mounting suggesing he could attract a big-name suitor.

Reports over the weekend claimed that Liverpool scouts are watching Whites’ October arrival Raphinha with intent.

Losing the Brazilian would be a blow to Leeds after only one season, but according to Fichajes, it is one which Marcelo Bielsa is willing to accept.

Indeed, they claim the Leeds boss has already set his sights on a Juventus star as a possible replacement.

In reality, Leeds, will fight to keep their star man amid a plethora of admiring glances. As such, Noel Whelan has explained why his sale would be a travesty for the Yorkshiremen.

Whether he moves away from Elland Road or not, one man who is a huge fan of his is Fernandes.

The Manchester United star played alongside the Leeds winger at Sporting Lisbon and they enjoyed a great partnership. Indeed, Raphinha’s sale to Rennes in summer 2019 – six months before Fernandes’ own exit – saw the Brazilian earn wholesome praise.

“Raphinha, I miss Raphinha,” Fernandes was quoted as saying by Top Mercato in December 2019. “He’s a player with whom I had a different chemistry from the others. He understood me at a glance.

“He knew, according to the movement of my body, where I was going to put the ball to him. I also miss him because he brought joy to the locker room. He’s also a responsible and hardworking person.”

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Carragher praise for Raphinha

Red Devils star Fernandes isn’t the only person to pile praise on Raphinha lately. He, too, has a big admirer in Jamie Carragher, who knows exactly why the player is so admired.

“We’ve all been there as players and as soon as someone comes in, you think: ‘Aye, aye’,” said Carragher. “Some of his touches and his play when he comes inside, we’ve highlighted his movement as well.

“I was really impressed with him when I watched him at Leicester last weekend as well, not just by Raphinha, but (Patrick) Bamford as well.

“You see that shot there (before Bamford’s goal against Palace), that’s so typical of a wide man, that penetrating run that we talk about with Salah, Mane and Sterling, all the great wide players. They make that run and he does. He has great quality on the ball.

“He assisted Bamford certainly in that Leicester game when he fired that pass in and you look at his numbers there, he looks like a real player, certainly of late.

“I think we mentioned before the game that he’s been involved in seven goals in the last eight games, so he’s always a huge threat and that’s always telling when your team-mates know from one training session.

“I’ll never forget one player – as soon as Xabi Alonso came to Liverpool – it’s like you could tell in the session, the way he passed, the pace of the pass, the noise of it, as a dressing room you sort of step back and say that we’ve got one here and it sounds like that was what the Leeds dressing room did (with Raphinha).”

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