Jamie Carragher made the headlines all of yesterday for his comments about Loris Karius, and his subsequent ‘falling out’ with Didi Hamann about it on Twitter.
But today, he’s chosen to move on from the furore and discuss Riyad Mahrez in his column for the Daily Mail.
The Algerian won the Premier League Player of the Year award last term for his sensational campaign which propelled 5,000/1 outsiders Leicester City to title glory.
This term, he’s registered seven goals in all competitions, having notched 18 last – but his overall performances have been less effective – as has his previously devastating relationship with Jamie Vardy.
Carragher wishes Liverpool had signed Mahrez, who oddly didn’t have the same number of suitors as Vardy and N’Golo Kante, who’s been phenomenal at Chelsea.
“Mahrez angled for a move but no suitors were forthcoming,” Carragher began.
“I was desperate for Liverpool to sign Mahrez. I loved watching him last season, he used to get me out of my seat the way he would cut in from the right flank on to his left foot.
“I was shocked none of the giants made a bid for such a gifted wide man, who scored goals and created plenty of assists.”
Liverpool signed Sadio Mane in the summer instead, who’s undoubtedly been more effective than Mahrez this term from the same position.
Interestingly, Mahrez pipped Mane to the African Player of the Award last night, but we’re not sure we’d swap the pair if we were given the chance now!
Liverpool are likely to go in for an attacker in January, but Mahrez won’t be attainable until the summer, after Leicester’s Champions League campaign ends.