The Portugal international is a versatile operator, who is a adept at playing as an attack-minded left-back, but has also demonstrated that he is comfortable featuring as a left-sided midfielder or even in an advanced left-wing role.
His versatility, technical ability and goalscoring prowess—he bagged seven goals in 34 appearances for the struggling Merlus last term—would make him an asset to many sides, but the 22-year-old could have a particularly valuable role to play at Liverpool.
Goal suggest that the player could be a replacement for out-of-sorts Jose Enrique, who has been tipped for a move away from the club, while first-choice left-back Alberto Moreno has been linked with a move to Real Madrid [Metro].
A source at Lorient had the following to say to Goal about Liverpool’s mooted interest in the wideman, who was previously a Klopp target during the manager’s time at Borussia Dortmund.
“Raph has a contract [until 2017],” the source began. “We are very happy with him and he remains involved in the club project.”
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