Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards should try to sign one of the Premier League’s brightest talents before leaving the club at the end of the season
Liverpool recently announced sporting director Michael Edwards will leave the club at the end of the season, after ten years of service.
During his time at Anfield, Edwards has overseen the signings of Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and many more quality players.
The signings were largely financed through clever sales – including Philippe Coutinho – and, it’s fair to say, resulted in Premier League and Champions League glory.
Edwards’ contribution to the cause has been significant – to put it lightly – and he may just have one last gift for manager Jurgen Klopp.
Ahead of the January transfer window, Leeds winger Raphinha is the favorite to join Liverpool if they decide to open their cheque book.
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The 24-year-old has been a revelation since his move to Elland Road in October 2020, scoring 11 goals in 40 Premier League appearances.
His impressive form saw him make his Brazil debut last month and, injury permitting, will be part of Tite’s squad for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Raphinha is direct, skilful and loves to take on defenders. When he gets the ball with space in front of him, excitement often follows.
He’s also had an impact on new teammate Daniel James, who joined Leeds from Manchester United in the summer.
“He’s a magician,” he told FIFA.
“He’s always been a great player – I played against him at United and he was always great – but he’s improved so much.
“He fully deserved his Brazilian call-up and I think since he got it, he’s pushed on even more, he’s even more confident.
“He can do absolutely anything on the pitch. It’s great playing with him.”
Raphinha started his European career at Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes, scoring 15 goals in 32 league games to earn a move to Sporting Lisbon in May 2018.
His dazzling performances in the capital helped Sporting win the Portuguese Cup and League Cup before joining Rennes the following summer.
Raphinha continued to deliver in France as the Ligue 1 outfit qualified for the Champions League and he got a £17million transfer to the Premier League.
A dream move to Liverpool would complete a remarkable rise for the talented Brazilian – and he would also be a great asset to Klopp.
Raphinha would slot in perfectly down the right in the German’s team, giving Klopp another option with Salah’s future still unresolved.
The Egyptian has less than two years remaining on his existing deal and Liverpool may be forced to sell him if an extension isn’t agreed by the summer.
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And that Raphinha plays for Leeds could be a factor, as Edwards doesn’t have a reputation for signing players from Champions League rivals.
Van Dijk and Sadio Mane arrived from Southampton, while Diojo Jota was picked up from Wolves. All three players have improved significantly since joining Liverpool.
Raphinha could well be the next emerging talent Klopp molds into a global superstar. If Edwards can get the Brazillian to sign before his exit, it’d be a spellbinding last act.