Fabinho says he ‘expected’ Raphinha to join Liverpool in the summer transfer window


Leeds star Raphinha was heavily linked with Liverpool in the summer transfer window (Picture: Getty)

Fabinho admits he ‘expected’ Brazil team-mate Raphinha to join him at Liverpool in the summer.

Raphinha had an outstanding debut season with Leeds last season, racking up six goals and nine assists to help Marcelo Bielsa’s side to a ninth place finish on their return to the English top flight.

The 24-year-old’s performances have not go unnoticed among the Premier League’s elite and reports in Brazil claimed his camp had held talks over a big money move to Manchester United.

Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool were also credited with a strong interest across the transfer window but the ex-Rennes man stayed put at Elland Road and has picked up where he left off this term, netting three times in his opening seven appearances.

Raphinha’s impressive start to the campaign saw him receive his first Brazil call-up earlier this month and he received widespread praise for the impact he made off the bench against Venezuela and Colombia in World Cup qualifying.

There are calls for Brazil head coach Tite to hand the versatile Leeds star his full senior debut versus Uruguay on Friday.

Raphinha runs with the ball during Brazil's World Cup qualifier with Colombia

Raphinha has impressed for Brazil this month (Picture: Getty)

Asked about his team-mate ahead of the clash, Liverpool midfielder Fabinho said: ‘Raphinha, since he arrived in the Premier League, has been performing and standing out very well at Leeds.

‘Even in the summer transfer market, there was some talk that he could go to Liverpool, I even expected that to happen, but he stayed at Leeds.

‘Today he is the best player in Leeds. Whenever a team is going to play against them, they know that Raphinha is the player who can cause the most danger.

‘After his first call-up, he started very well in both games, he made an impact against Venezuela, he played a part in the three goals. Against Colombia, he came in and played very well. 

‘The attributes he has are very…

Source : metro

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