Leeds winger Raphinha ‘good enough for Liverpool’s first team’ says former star

Liverpool have been linked with an audacious move for Leeds star Raphinha, and former Red Glen Johnson believes that the Brazilian is good enough to make the starting line-up.

Jurgen Klopp has been rocked after Sadio Mane made it clear that he wanted a 'new challenge', and Bayern Munich have already made attempts to bring the Senegalese star to Germany. Mane only has a year left on his contract, so could leave for free next summer if Liverpool don't cash in.

The Reds are reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Benfica for the signing of Darwin Nunez, in what would be a club-record transfer. But former Liverpool star Johnson thinks that Klopp should consider a move for Raphinha, as he's good enough to start.

Liverpool do not want to lose Mane, and it's the first time that a high-profile player has decided to leave Anfield ever since Klopp started winning trophies. But good things can't last forever, and Liverpool have been assessing their options while searching for a replacement.

And Johnson has backed Raphinha to be a success at Liverpool, and thinks he is already good enough. Bettingodds.com have been speaking to former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson regarding his former club being linked with Leeds United winger Raphinha, and he said: "I think he’s good enough to nail down a place in the starting 11."

But Johnson also conceded that it may not be easy for Raphina, as he added: "I think if you sign for a bigger club, then you’ve got to expect to fight for your place. I think he is good enough to bang the door down and I do believe he will get enough game time at Liverpool.

"Bear in mind that if he does go to Liverpool then they’re going to play twice as many games as Leeds do. However, I do believe he will get his game time and I think he’s good enough to nail down a place in the starting 11."

Leeds are already bracing themselves for a summer raid as both Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips have been targeted. Phillips is heavily linked with a switch to Manchester City, while Raphinha has been on Barcelona's radar for some time.

The fact they avoided the drop has done the club wonders, otherwise they would have been stripped apart of talent. But if Liverpool or City are to poach any stars, they'll have to pay up.

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