Reports in France claim Riyad Mahrez set for €55m Liverpool switch

Lynette Rowe
January 7, 2018

Although Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is in the market for a creative forward, similar to Coutinho, he is not now expected to swoop for Mahrez who was a key figure when the Foxes shocked the football world in 2016 by winning the Premier League.

Liverpool have reportedly identified AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar and Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez as options if they allow Philippe Coutinho to join Barcelona in the January transfer window.

AS Roma were firmly interested last summer but refused to meet Leicester's valuation for the former Footballer of the Year.

"When I discuss things with him he has shown a good attitude, he is enjoying his football".

The Brazil worldwide, now sidelined with a thigh injury, was among a number of first-team players - undisclosed by the club - who stayed behind on Merseyside.

If Mahrez passes his medical and signs then he is likely to jet out to Dubai to link up with his new team-mates, who are having a few days of warm weather training after beating Everton in the FA Cup on Friday night.

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Although his form dipped last season, he has shone this time around, scoring and assisting seven goals, including laying on the opener for Jamie Vardy in Liverpool's 2-1 win last month.

"It is all positive for him".

When asked whether Mahrez had asked to leave this transfer window, he added: "No".

"He is happy with the squad, it is speculation, but for me it is no problem".

"In the transfer window, people can make speculation about players and transfers, but I am not anxious because I like the player".

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