Barcelona seem to be intent on prising Coutinho away from Liverpool and Rakitic was rumoured to be used as leeway in the deal. But would Rafinha be a better offer in any potential deal for the Brazilian? Despite having signed a contract extension till 2020 and having a $75m buyout clause, there is the feeling in Spain that Rafinha could follow his brother out of Barcelona to another side.
Whereas Thiago Alcantara went to Bayern Munich, could Rafinha Alcantara end up at Liverpool? The 23 year old would be welcome at Liverpool under Klopp and could create a formidable relationship with Firmino, Mane, Lallana and Wijnaldum. I specifically missed out Coutinho as Rafinha could be his replacement. In a perfect world, Liverpool would sign Rafinha anyway to show commitment to this project that Klopp is intent on creating at Anfield.