Having become a little short in the wide areas in recent times, Liverpool are known to see another wide man as a summer target. While Diogo Jota has impressed hugely, long-term injury has left manager Jurgen Klopp playing players out of position in a bid to get them game time. While the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri offers something different, they lack depth in the wide areas – and Shaqiri, 29, could soon look to move in to play more regular first-team football. This might leave Liverpool looking for a domestic-based option to offer more variety on the wing – and two options might exist at Leeds United.
The first and strongest link is with Raphinha. The Brazilian only arrived from Rennes in the summer of 2020 but has impressed hugely in England. Seen as the kind of hard-working and dominant presence on the wing that Jurgen Klopp loves, Leeds might have to brace for a large fee being offered for a player they only just brought in. Seen as a hugely ambitious player, it is likely that Raphinha would push for the move should Leeds fail to capture European football themselves.
Rafinha has made a huge impression on Leeds, and would no doubt be a fan favourite if supporters could get into the stadium. His infectious work rate and sublime on-the-ball skill matched with quality off-the-ball movement make him a delightful player to watch. Leeds might be loathed to lose such a unique talent, but it is likely that a move to Liverpool might be a hard one to turn down for most players.
Another player who is currently on the wing for Leeds, though, has tentatively been linked with a move to Anfield.
Who else is Liverpool interested in at Leeds United?
The other signing that is being linked with a move to Merseyside is 24-year-old winger Jack Harrison. This though would become among the most challenging deals to do; he is owned by title rivals Manchester City. Though City are unlikely to ever give Harrison a proper first-team chance, some reports suggest that Klopp sees him as the ideal inverted winger for his team.
A quality shooter with great pace on and off the ball, Harrison would offer a directness that is sorely lacking in the Liverpool side on the wings.
He would also offer creativity and comes with a three-year spell of work under Bielsa. As such, fears about a lack of work-rate off the ball would be ill-founded; the City winger is more than capable of playing for a Klopp side.
With over 100 games for Leeds now, it is likely that Harrison will look to push for the chance to play regular first-team football somewhere. Should Leeds relinquish Raphinha, Harrison could very well wind up staying at Elland Road. Should Liverpool pull the trigger on the Englishman, though, it might leave Leeds with another year – at least – of their exciting Brazilian.
Either way, it seems likely that Leeds will lose one of their two wing talents at the end of this season.