Pundit encourages Liverpool to sign ‘exceptional’ Leeds star

Date published: Thursday 11th March 2021 4:20 - Lewis Oldham

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BT Sport pundit Steve McManaman has urged Liverpool to sign Leeds United winger Raphinha, as he can “easily fit” into a top six club.

Raphinha joined Leeds this summer from French side Rennes. He was one of their marquee signings as he joined for around £17m.

The winger has been one of the league’s most impressive newcomers this season. He has five goals and five assists from his 22 appearances in the Premier League.


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Liverpool have been heavily linked with the 24-year-old of late. BT Sport pundit McManaman told HorseRacing.Net that Raphinha has “a lot of talent” at his disposal:

“Raphinha has been linked with Liverpool this week and I think he’s an exceptional player. 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. I just think Liverpool need a player who can change the way they play a bit.

“I was watching Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund the other day. They had Leroy Sane on one side, Kingsley Coman on the other side, then they brought Serge Gnabry on and they’ve got Douglas Costa.

“So they can change the way they play quite easily by throwing a couple of wingers on and I think that’s what Liverpool look as though they need at the moment.

“They have [Mohamed] Salah, [Sadio] Mane, [Roberto] Firmino, or [Diogo] Jota and the width comes from the left-back or the right-back. 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.”

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