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Liverpool star says Leeds have a top talent in their ranks with 'very unique' attributes

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has waxed lyrical about Leeds United attacker and Brazil teammate Raphinha.

The Reds ace admitted that he “even expected” his compatriot to swap Elland Road for Anfield in the summer.

Fabinho and Raphinha are still on international duty, with Brazil in World Cup qualifying action against Uruguay tonight.

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Raphinha’s impressive start for Leeds this season saw him receive his first Brazil call-up earlier this month.

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He received praise for the impact he made off the bench against Venezuela and Colombia.

Indeed, there have been calls for Raphinha to make his first Selecao start in Manaus tonight.

Speaking ahead of the game, Fabinho praised his international teammate, saying he boasts “very unique” attributes.

“Raphinha, since he arrived in the Premier League, has been performing and standing out very well at Leeds,” Metro quotes the £180,000-a-week Liverpool ace as saying.

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“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.”

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