Just hours after it was confirmed that Philippe Coutinho was on his way to Barcelona, speculation surfaced over a possible Liverpool move for Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez.
Given we’re bidding farewell to one of our best players, it would be a huge boost for the Reds to see a capable replacement come in to fill that void in the side as soon as possible.
According to The Express, Mahrez was even tipped to undergo a medical on Sunday ahead of a £49m move to Anfield, but they evidently got well ahead of themselves based on the latest reports.
As per the tweet below from Gary Al-Smith, who writes for BBC Sport and the NY Times, he claims to have spoken to someone close to Mahrez, and they have informed him that the Reds haven’t even been in touch over a possible transfer.
Further, to really dispel our interest in the Foxes star, it’s added that Jurgen Klopp is looking at other options and so it would suggest that we’re not looking to welcome the Algerian international to Merseyside any time soon.
As it stands, we can only hope that we’ve got enough with Firmino, Mane and Salah in attack to sustain our brilliant current run. With a Mahrez move unlikely, time will tell if Klopp waits until the summer to take his time and find a player genuinely capable of filling Coutinho’s shoes.
Just spoken to a member of Mahrez’s team. Says there has been no official contact from Liverpool. Says Riyad will only leave LCFC for a very considerable fee. Hints that Klopp is actually lining up someone else. Definitely not the Algerian.
— Gary Al-Smith (@garyalsmith) January 7, 2018