Liverpool urged to use Leeds star as architect of fundamental change

Date published: Wednesday 10th March 2021 8:41 - Jonny Whitfield

Raphinha, Rodrigo, Jack Harrison Newcastle v Leeds January 2021

Steve McManaman believes that Leeds forward Raphinha would transform the way Liverpool play – and their fortunes to boot.

Jurgen Klopp‘s men went into Wednesday’s Champions League tie with RB Leipzig off the back of six successive defeats to Anfield.

As such, their hopes of making the Premier League’s top four look increasingly slim. Several factors, including injuries, are at play over Liverpool’s downturn.

However, a lack of contribution from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino has not helped either; the pair have scored only once in over 10 top-flight games each.

According to McManaman, Whites winger Raphinha could solve their problems. Reports have claimed that the Reds have placed him on their radar for a potential summer swoop.

“These types of players you can see they can play in the Premier League,” McManaman said.

“He’s only just entered the Premier League so the fact that he’s hit the ground running is a big plus. He has a lot of skill and a lot of talent.

“I don’t want to disrespect Leeds but of course he could play for a big six club. He could easily fit in a team like that.

Raphinha Leeds United

“I just think Liverpool need a player who can change the way they play a bit.”

McManaman added that he thinks it is “unfair” to put all the attacking burden on Liverpool’s full-backs.

As such, he thinks that adding Raphinha would bring a new dimension to Klopp’s team.

Raphinha would bring something different to Liverpool

“They have Salah, Mane, Firmino, or Jota and the width comes from the left-back or the right-back,” McMamanam said, speaking to

“I sometimes think that’s a bit unfair, as you can’t expect the left-back or the right-back to get up and down the pitch so many times.

So I think someone like Raphinha who can play a bit wide and is someone a bit different to what they’ve got, I think that’s the most important.

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“They need to be able to change their style and how they play and a Raphinha could easily fit into that mould. It’s something that Liverpool have to have a really good think about, the transfer committee really have to put their heads together.

“But if he leaves, it’ll be for a hell of a lot of money.”

In any case, Raphinha has insisted that he feels settled and happy at Elland Road under head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

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