Liverpool open talks to sign Riyad Mahrez who prefers a move to Catalan giants Barcelona this summer.

The Reds are in a decent position to move into the Champions League next season and Jürgen Klopp is now desperate to add some quality to the squad to help them compete at the highest level next season.

This has seen him linked with a number of stars recently and one player who is now extensively linked with a move to Anfield is Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez.

The orchestrator of Leicester City’s fairytale last season, Mahrez was their most effective player, as he won the PFA Player of the Year award for the Leicester’s title-winning season.

He was linked with an exit in the summer with Arsenal ready to swoop for him but Mahrez decided to stay at the King Power for another year.

However, he could be on the move with the likes of Barcelona and Juventus scouting for him but reports from Spanish news outfit Sport, Liverpool are growing desperate for his signature.

According to this report, Mahrez might cost his potential suitors close to £34 million this summer and it is now understood that Klopp is ready to make a swoop for him at the end of the season.

The Reds have decent quality in attack but are looking for a player who can lead the attack of the side. They might also need a star player who can add some width to the attack and Klopp is convinced that Mahrez is the right option this summer.

The 26-year-old has been out of form for large parts of this season for the Foxes but he has often shown what he is capable off with some mesmerising runs from midfield.

And if Liverpool can get their man, he will only be the second recognised winger at the club after summer acquisition Sadio Mané.