Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez is still looking find a way out of King Power despite his manager Claude Puel confirming that the Algerian will not be sold in the January transfer window.
Mahrez has long been linked with a move away from Leicester and had even handed an official transfer request over the summer transfer window. But with Leicester slapping a whopping £50m price tag on his head, the Algerian had to stay put. The 26-year-old had a relatively slow start to this new Premier League season but as the campaign progressed, he has almost single-handedly taken Leicester out of the relegation battle.
Till date, the Algeria international has scored 7 goals and 7 assists this season and his impeccable form has already attracted the likes of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The former is looking at the Algerian as a potential replacement for Alexis Sanchez who is on the verge of joining Manchester United. As things stand for Liverpool, their recent £142m sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona has left a huge void, hence leading to Mahrez’s link with Liverpool.
According to Get French Football, the former La Havre winger is now keen on moving away from the King Power Stadium and even has an agreement with the club’s owners about being allowed to leave during the ongoing January transfer window. His manager, Claude Puel, on the other hand, has firmly rejected the scenario but has admitted that there’s uncertainty for the period of the summer transfer window.
“It is speculation and we cannot respond to all the speculation with information,” the Frenchman said. “Perhaps, in the summer he will cost even more than £100m.
“It is always the same thing about Riyad. It is just rumors, noise about him and other players.”
Mahrez was close to sealing a move to Roma last summer and the Italian capital club went as far as £32m for the Algerian, only to be left red-faced by Leicester’s demands of a jaw-dropping £50m. A source close to the player (h/t IBTimes) has indicated that Mahrez’s move is evident and is expected to take place in the closing stages of the transfer window.
“Riyad is a very important part of Leicester’s squad. They have promised him that he can leave if the club that wants to buy him meets their asking price.
“I think that if he does leave Leicester, it will happen close to when the transfer window shuts. The negotiations will surely take a lot of time.
“I can confirm that Riyad still wants to leave Leicester for a big club. However, we must wait for firm offers to come in for this to happen,” the source said.
Coutinho’s move midway through the season has literally complicated things at Liverpool it seems. They were keen on acquiring Naby Keita six months before the actual date, but Leipzig have denied any such happenings. It now remains to be seen whether Klopp will actually make a move for any player this winter or not.
“You have to be smart” – Jurgen Klopp highlights tweaks to Liverpool’s style this season
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that the team have worked on the defensive aspect of their play and are avoiding going all-out when in the lead.
The Reds have not been as free-flowing in their attack when compared to the previous season. However, their defence has been one of the best in the league.
Klopp’s team have conceded just three goals from nine Premier League games. Liverpool, along with Chelsea and Manchester City, have made an exemplary start to the season and have all established their dominion in the English top flight.
Klopp was quoted by the Daily Star as saying:
“It’s a normal period of adaptation.
“You put the focus a bit more on something and immediately you lose a bit of the fluency in something else.”
The German added that we have had good results and wanted the team to get better.
“We have already had good results and scored goals but it’s obvious that we can improve.
“But we need to keep the stability – no doubt about that. What we’ve done defensively so far is credit to the whole team.”
Klopp further claimed that the first part of the season lays the foundations for the rest of the campaign.
“That first part of the season is the basis for the rest of the season so let’s use it. We are growing as a team in a specific way and hopefully we can use that.”
The manager added that the team is sitting back more after taking leads, especially due to the number of games in the league.
“An unleashed beast now” – Some Liverpool supporters love youngster’s performance in 1-0 win over Huddersfield
Liverpool needed a Mohamed Salah goal to get the three points against Huddersfield. The Reds were nowhere close to their fluent best from last season and endured some nervy moments as the home side threatened on numerous occasions.
The Reds were horrible with their passes in the final third and that should be a worry for the rest of the campaign.
However, Joe Gomez was the outstanding player in our defence. The English youngster played a role in our goal and did a great job as the right-back.
Although he wasn’t partnered with Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the defence, the 21-year-old was excellent.
A number of Liverpool fans picked up on this and applauded Gomez’s performance in the game.
Gomez was the pick of our lads today, he’s in superb form, reliable and consistent, not many Defenders around performing better than him in the league IMO #LFC
— Chris Burn (@redbhoyburn) October 20, 2018
I thought joe Gomez was finished after wolves in the fa cup but he’s fucking boss
— Callum (@robo_lfc7) October 20, 2018
Don’t care if Lovren played in a World Cup final, he’s a big step down from Gomez in the central defensive role. #LFC
— Dan Copeland (@ETFootball) October 20, 2018
Joe Gomez reminds me of the fella from AWOL. Its the sideys. 😆 pic.twitter.com/HGoAhT3zFR
— smtm_lfc (@smtm_LFC) October 20, 2018
— Anfield Dugout Tickets (@DugoutTickets) October 20, 2018
Not the best again today but Gomez head and shoulders our best player again. Up the unbeaten reds
— Tom Bedson (@TomBedson_LFC) October 20, 2018
Joe Gomez is an unleashed beast now
— Rollins (@BassamLFC) October 20, 2018
Playing Joe Gomez Right back and Lovern CB makes me nervous. Grinding out results makes champions ❤️ #LFC
— OxDa🐐 (@OxDaGoat) October 20, 2018
Read more: Joe Gomez stars: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Huddersfield
Joe Gomez stars: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Huddersfield
Liverpool endured a frustrating night against Huddersfield as their attack failed to click. Mohamed Salah’s first half effort was the only goal of the game, and there wasn’t much goal-mouth action to speak off.
Huddersfield actually had some of the better chances in the second half and even had an effort ruled offside in the first.
Liverpool were wasteful in possession, and their passing in the final third was awful, however, Huddersfield could not take advantage of this.
The Reds kept the pressure on Manchester City as the pair are tied on 23 points, but we are second in the table due to City’s better goal difference.
There weren’t many standout performers for the Reds in this evening’s clash and here are the player ratings from the game.
Alisson – 6.5/10
Had one nervy moment when his clearance was charged down, but he did make one decent save in the game. The Brazilian was beaten by a thunderous drive but that effort came off the post.
Joe Gomez – 7.5/10
Possibly our best player on the night. Gomez helped create the first goal and did a decent job as right-back.
Dejan Lovren – 7/10
The Croatian had one or two iffy moments but this was another quality performance from the former Saint.
Virgil van Dijk – 6.5/10
Van Dijk was quality in the first half but made a couple of mistakes in the second. Thankfully, the home side could not take advantage of the same.
Andy Robertson – 7/10
The Scot was willing to help out in attack, and he did well to track back and defend down the left side.
James Milner – 7/10
Another decent outing by the Englishman, Milner did his regular bit in the middle of the park and kept things going.
Jordan Henderson – 6/10
The captain was taken off during half-time and hopefully, he didn’t pick up a serious injury.
Adam Lallana – 6.5/10
This was Lallana’s first start this season, and he did a decent job with his tricks and flicks. The Englishman had to be replaced with some cramp during the end of the second half.
Xherdan Shaqiri – 7/10
The Swiss was the spark that created our only goal of the game. Shaqiri tried to create chances but something was missing in the final output.
Mohamed Salah – 7/10
Salah might have gotten the goal but he was wasteful in the final third and often made the wrong pass.
Daniel Sturridge – 6.5/10
Another player that seemed to be out of sorts, Sturridge had chances to score but often missed the target. The Englishman was even booked for needlessly blasting the ball over the bar.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5/10
The Dutchman was quality since he came on at half-time.
Fabinho – 5/10
The midfielder did an alright job but needs more time on the pitch.
Roberto Firmino – NA
The Brazilian also was sloppy in attack and made a few mistakes with his passes.
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