Stan Collymore believes Liverpool should target Leeds United winger Raphinha this summer as he would put Mohamed Salah “under pressure”.
Raphinha has been a key player for Leeds United over the past two seasons in the Premier League. He has been involved in 28 goals in 66 appearances.
His current contract runs until 2024 and the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are interested in him.
Liverpool also reportedly put an offer in for the Brazil international earlier this month. It is understood that Leeds value their player at £65m this summer.
Salah meanwhile is out of contract in 2023. He is yet to commit his long-term future to Liverpool, but he has confirmed that he still be with the club next season.
Collymore thinks Liverpool would be wise to sign Raphinha this summer, as he potentially could be “one hell of a threat”:
“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. If you’re looking at Klopp and what he has done with Salah and Sadio Mane then he could do the same with Raphinha,” Collymore claimed. (via The Mirror).
“What was Mane’s tactical awareness like when he arrived at Liverpool? And you could ask the same question about Salah. Yes, he scored goals with Roma and he has that outrageous pace, but he still needed polishing to become an even better goalscorer in the Premier League. With Salah in the last year of his contract — and there’s nothing for now saying he is going to stay and nothing saying he is going to go — you wonder if Klopp’s uncanny knack of working with gifted sidemen might appeal to Raphinha.
“And 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.”