Liverpool could steal a march on Manchester City this summer and sign Riyad Mahrez from under Pep Guardiola’s nose as an alternative to Nabil Fekir.
When Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona in January for £142 million, both fans and pundits agreed that Liverpool needed to find a replacement for the talismanic Brazilian as soon as possible.
Efforts were made to bring Naby Keïta to the club early but when that fell through, one of the names that was brought up the most was Leicester City’s influential Riyad Mahrez.
While the Reds ultimately played out the rest of the season with the squad that started the season, there were times when a player capable of being creative in deep positions was missed.
There is still the opportunity for Liverpool to revive a deal for Nabil Fekir before the season starts and although the World Cup could complicate matters even further, it could turn out to be a moot point if Klopp and co. turn their attention elsewhere.
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Pep Guardiola targeted Mahrez in the January transfer window and was prepared to pay up to £65 million to acquire the Algerian but was ultimately blocked from completing a deal by the Foxes.
In the Premier League last season, the Leicester forward scored 12 goals and assisted 11 and that kind of output would be fantastic if Klopp decided to make a move.
Joe Rimmer writes for the Liverpool Echo that Liverpool could make a move for Mahrez, a player capable of filling “a number of roles at Anfield.”
Able to play out wide, just behind the striker or as a deep lying playmaker, Mahrez would be the perfect player to replace Coutinho and help fans forget about the Fekir fiasco.