Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern will be wondering what could have been after watching Philippe Coutinho curl in a wonder goal against Switzerland.
The Brazilian left the club in January after a failed transfer request in the summer transfer window. He eventually sealed a £142m move to Barcelona after weeks of speculation. Liverpool are yet to replace the playmaker who was their talisman during the majority of the season.
Lyon’s Nabil Fekir was the man identified by Jurgen Klopp as the ideal replacement for the former Inter Milan midfielder. However, his move collapsed following a medical ahead of a £53m move to Merseyside. The German still wants to sign an attacking midfielder this window. Following the World Cup, the deal for Fekir might be re-negotiated. However, Klopp must assess other options.
One man he could target is Leicester City star – Riyad Mahrez. Valued at £45m by Transfermarkt, the Algerian netted 13 goals and notched 13 assists in all competitions last year for the Foxes. His performances in 2016 saw Leicester lift their first ever Premier League title with Mahrez scooping the PFA Player of the Year award.
His performances have attracted attention from Manchester City who attempted to sign him in January. The Citizens have rekindled their interest, but the move seems to have stalled. Liverpool should take advantage and look to bring the 27-year-old to Anfield.
Primarily a winger, Mahrez could easily be moulded into a central midfielder, a similar role that Coutinho played in his final season. The Algerian is deadly on his left foot and is approaching the peak of his career.
With Premier League experience, signing Mahrez would soften the blow of losing Fekir.
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