While all of the discussion has been firmly placed on the Super League and the footballing world's response to it, Liverpool still have a Premier League game tonight. The Reds travel to Elland Road to play Leeds United.
Before kickoff, LFC Transfer Room writers were tasked with picking just one Leeds United player to sign for Liverpool. Who would you have?
Leeds United in many ways do play like Liverpool or certainly like the Liverpool from a few seasons ago. The ‘heavy-metal football’ which was so fun to watch but also traumatising at times having to wait for the attack to bail out the poor defending.
That is why from a neutral point of view Leeds are great fun to watch however they do have a conductor who makes it organised chaos. That is Kalvin Phillips who has come on to show himself to be one of the best midfielders in the league this season.
Phillips who has played 23 games in the Premier League this season is the deep lying playmaker for Marcelo Bielsa and he can singlehandedly dominate the centre of the pitch by himself in great style.
He would have the fitness to fit in Liverpool’s midfield like a glove and he would add a different dimension to the options manager Jurgen Klopp has.
The German could have Phillips next to Fabinho if he would want to deploy a 4-2-3-1 formation which he has numerous times. It also could allow Jordan Henderson to have an even more attacking role if Fabinho was needed at centre back.
Also with Gini Wijnaldum looking likely to leave at the end of this season due to his contract expiring Phillips could be a fantastic replacement.
Leeds United's first season back in the Premier League in 16 years has been nothing short of entertaining. This is due to their high scoring and dramatic games but also the talent they have brought with them to the Premier League. A stand out talent for the Peacocks this season that Liverpool should consider pursuing is Raphinha.
The Brazilian international who has been linked with the Reds since January, has scored six goals in 20 appearances this season. He has made a huge impact for Leeds, particularly in the second half of the season and has played a pivotal role in their fight to stay in the Premier League.
Raphinha has yet to earn an international cap for Brazil but his current form and plaudits from former players shows signs of that changing as the years go on.
His dribbling ability, darting pace, eye for a pass and fantastic feet for free kicks and set pieces has enabled him to become the linchpin of Marcelo Bielsa’s side demonstrating how important his contribution is to team-mate Patrick Bamford’s goal scoring record up front.
Raphinha signed for Leeds in the summer of 2020 from Rennes for what now looks like a bargain deal of 17 Million euros. Multiple sources have linked the Leeds playmaker with Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Bayern Munich.
The 24 year-old has certainly shown qualities that would interest Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool but with only one season in the Premier League under his belt and a new project for the Whites only beginning, Liverpool may have to wait another year to try and draw Raphinha towards Merseyside.
There is no doubt that top European clubs will be keeping an eye on the Brazilian playmakers progression next season.
If Liverpool were to sign just one player from Leeds United I would pick Patrick Bamford. Bamford is a very talented goal scorer who has notched 14 goals and eight assists so far this season in the Premier League.
Imagine, instead of brining Divock Origi off the bench, Jurgen Klopp was able to bring Patrick Bamford on to get a goal. In comparisson, Patrick Bamford has a goal contribution every 116 minutes in the Premier League while Origi has yet to score in the league, or in any other competition for that matter.
He is a very strong finisher and has an eye for goal, hence his impressive goal scoring record this season. If he were to be put in Liverpool's attack alongside Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota, he would run rampant and likely increase his goal tally.
Bamford joined Leeds united from Middlesbrough in 2018 for a £7 million fee. It is safe to say that he has been worth every penny as he was vital in helping Leeds return to the Premier League and his goals have ensured that they will be in England's top flight for at least one year more.