Now, the player’s agent has confirmed that the Reds were interested in his client—but with Leeds signalling their determination to hold on to him for another season, Liverpool never made the move from interested to making a formal approach.
“Raphinha has become an important player in the Premier League,” noted the player’s agent and former Brazilian-born star midfielder Deco. “He has grown and things will happen naturally. He is young, he has many challenges ahead.
“There are certainly many clubs that like him, and Liverpool do like him. There were enquiries but nothing official and Leeds wanted to keep him for another season.”
What happens after this season, though, is an open question. At least to hear Deco talk about it. And so it wouldn’t be a surprise if we hear Raphinha’s name again linked with the Reds heading into the summer of 2022.
“Raphinha is happy at Leeds but the time will come for him to take another step in his career,” Deco added. “He has a three-year contract, but it is not the contract that defines the length of his stay or prevents a transfer.
“Leeds know that Raphinha will need to make an important move to further grow in his career.”