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Steven McManaman Urges Liverpool to sign Leeds United star Raphinha



Steven McManaman Urges Liverpool to sign Leeds United star Raphinha 1 Sportelo

Former Liverpool great Steve McManaman has stated that Raphinha would not be out of place in a “big six club” and Liverpool should consider signing the “exceptional” star from Leeds United in the summer transfer window.


The 24-year-old has racked up five goals and five assists in an exceptional debut season in the English top-flight after joining Leeds from Rennes.


Liverpool have been strongly linked to the winger and reports coming from Brazil claim Manchester United have started talks on a possible deal, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking for a right-side attacker.


McManaman is not surprised to see Raphinha in the viewer of the best clubs in England and feels that the Brazilian could be an excellent addition to Jurgen Klopp’s attack.


“Raphinha has been linked with Liverpool this week and I think he’s an exceptional player,’ he told


“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 needs 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.



Raphinha has five goals and five assists for Leeds United this season. ( Photo by Getty Images)


“So they can change the way they play quite easily by throwing a couple of wingers on and I think that’s what Liverpool looks 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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McManaman is confident that Raphinha would add a different dimension to Liverpool’s current options, but believes the Reds may have to spend “a lot of money” to get him off Elland Road.


“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,’ he added.


“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!”