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Liverpool midfielder Fabinho claims he ‘expected’ Brazil team-mate Raphinha to join him at the Merseyside club in the summer.
Raphinha had an incredible debut season with Leeds last term, 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.
And his impressive performances attracted the attention of both Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.
When asked about his team-mate ahead of the clash, the Reds’ 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 unique. A left-handed player who can go either way. This is very important for our team. Against Colombia he made the best plays of our team and he can help us a lot.”
Source – Metro