Jurgen Klopp got to see Raphinha up close as it emerged earlier in the week that Liverpool were tracking the Leeds United winger and first scouted him five years ago
Raphinha failed to impress for Leeds United as Liverpool nullified the Brazilian star at Elland Road.
Jurgen Klopp got to see the winger up close following the report that emerged earlier in the week that the Reds were tracking the 24-year-old.
It’s claimed the Anfield club scouted him for the first time in 2016 at the Copa Sao Paulo junior football tournament and have been keeping an eye on him ever since.
Raphinha was a standout performer for Marcelo Bielsa’s men last season and has carried that form into the new Premier League campaign.
He attracted attention from a host of clubs in the summer and has been tipped to join Liverpool if Mohamed Salah leaves the club.
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But on Sunday’s showing against the Reds, there was nothing to shout home about as the forward was kept very quiet.
Andy Robertson matched up with Raphinha in the first half and got the better of the Leeds man as he struggled to get into the game.
The winger usually skips past players with ease, but the Liverpool left-back had him under control.
When Raphinha did get into some promising positions, he was uncharacteristically wasteful in the final third.
He then switched over to the left-hand side to see if he could get any joy against Trent Alexander-Arnold, but the Englishman was able to cope with him as well.
It might have not been his best day at the office, but Leeds Live journalist Conor McGilligan reckons Liverpool are in it for the long haul as his stock continues to rise.
He told the Behind Enemy Lines podcast: “He’s some player – probably the best winger I’ve seen at Leeds since Harry Kewell (who signed for Liverpool in 2003).
“We were all worried going into this window about his future because 80-85 per cent of our attacking output comes through him.
“He’s the innovator, he’s the creator, he’s the one player opposition teams double or triple up on him. He has the X-factor.
“He really is world class. I think people throw around the term ‘world class’ frequently but I genuinely think Raphinha could play in any team in the world. I think he’s that good.
“I don’t know how long we’re going to keep hold of him but the fact that we’ve kept hold of him this summer is pretty incredible for Leeds. It’s a massive statement of intent.
“He’s going to be a top, top player but I can imagine Liverpool will be sniffing around him again.”