Liverpool are searching for a Philippe Coutinho replacement as the Brazilian has moved to Barcelona. The former Inter Milan man missed our last few games due to an ‘injury’ and has now signed for the Catalans in what is a £142m move.
While we have been linked with a move for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, a player that was also in the news in the summer was Riyad Mahrez. L’Equipe carries a report that suggests we have already opened talks with Leicester City to sign their Premier League winning star Riyad Mahrez.
The Algerian was the PFA Player of the Year in 2016 and led Leicester to an unlikely title but he was looking for a move away from the King Power Stadium in the summer.
Arsenal were one of the clubs looking to add the Algerian to their side but he stuck around even after the end of the window, despite not doing all that well at the start of the campaign.
Ever since the appointment of Claude Puel, Mahrez has found his shooting boots again and has 7 goals and 7 assists to his name. With Coutinho on his way to Barcelona, if not now, Liverpool might do well to sign a player that can be one of the best in the world on his day.
Mahrez might be a year older than Coutinho, being 26, but he doesn’t have the same passing range and ability that the Brazilian has. Claude Puel does not want to lose the star player but the Leicester board would look to get as much money from us as possible, now that the Coutinho sale is done.
The Algerian would be a tricky customer to have in our side and even if he does not have the pace of Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane, he would be a great addition as we look to add more options in our attack. Mahrez can even play a little deeper, with Jurgen Klopp trying to shoehorn him into the midfield but having him out wide would give us a different dimension when we take on the opposition.
The Algerian might not be the biggest name to replace Coutinho but he knows the league very well and if we are to splash the cash on someone who can be a success, Mahrez should be right at the top of the list.
Liverpool target doesn’t rule out moving to the Premier League in the future
Christian Pulisic hasn’t ruled out playing in the Premier League someday. The American is one of the best youngsters in the Bundesliga and was brought to Borussia Dortmund by Jurgen Klopp.
Pulisic was quoted by the Express as saying:
“England, the Premier League, is a league where lots of kids dream of playing.
“So there is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here.”
The Express adds that Klopp bid £11million for the American in 2016 but Dortmund rejected that offer. Pulisic has helped the club to the top of the Bundesliga this season and has two goals and two assists.
The report adds that Manchester United are also interested in the 20-year-old, and could rival any bid made by the Anfield giants.
The American added that he is enjoying his season with the Germans and knows that tabloid tales are part of the game.
Pulisic would be a wonderful addition to the team, and the youngster can play in a number of positions in the attacking third.
The 20-year-old would not come on the cheap, however, Klopp can make the American better at Anfield. It will be interesting to see what happens in the winter window, and if we get Pulisic, it would be the blockbuster deal of the January window,
“Looks sad, unwilling”, “Cheer up mate” – Some Liverpool fans believe star attacker is unhappy playing for national side
Mohamed Salah was recently in the news after being caught wearing a Playboy shirt. While many commented on his style, the Egyptian posted yet another image before the international break.
Salah is set to play for Egypt in an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Tunisia on Friday, and the pressure would be on the Liverpool man to get the three points for the Pharaohs.
The Liverpool attacker shared an image suggesting he was ready to play for the national side.
Reporting for National Team duty… pic.twitter.com/pFwSLXXjhB
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 14, 2018
However, some of his Twitter followers weren’t happy with the picture he selected and believed the 26-year-old was unhappy playing for the Pharaohs.
Salah has been exceptional for club and country in recent years with Egypt making it to the World Cup in the summer.
The Reds reached the Champions League final but Salah had to be subbed after 30 minutes due to an injury.
The 26-year-old has 11 goals for club and country this season and will be important for both sides throughout the campaign.
However, the fans weren’t letting go of the picture easily, and here are some of their reactions from Twitter.
lol the pic tells about how you feel joining national duty
— Dalia Khashan (@DaliaKhashan) November 14, 2018
@meanjoebeanz seems happy
— James Ferrier (@Jdferrier) November 14, 2018
Good luck for you, Mo 💖
— Tiffany P Lukitasari (@puteritiffany) November 14, 2018
Look sad, unwilling 😭😭😭
— Laffing_Gor (@Laffing_Gor) November 14, 2018
Cheer up mate
— Lewis Campbell (@Campbelllfc) November 14, 2018
Yh we get it you don’t like the Egyptian FA ffs
— Caesar (@CaesarMS7) November 14, 2018
reporting for call of duty
— Murad (@murad___92) November 14, 2018
Liverpool target’s agent claims player is happy at current club
Ousmane Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, has claimed that the Frenchman is not looking to leave Barcelona.
“The club is happy with Ousmane.
“Dembele doesn’t care about criticisms. Some of them are unfair. He is 20, he plays for Barcelona and he had a great start to the season.”
The agent further claimed that the player has to do better and the Frenchman was sick for a while which led to a few controversies.
Sissoko added that the national team manager and Barcelona’s Eric Abidal were happy with the attacker.
“Ousmane keeps working for a big club, the manager likes him and the same goes for Deschamps. I know Abidal is also very happy with how he is training and working for his club.”
Dembele seems to be doing better when compared to the same time frame last season. The Frenchman has scored four goals from 11 La Liga games and has one from two Champions League ties.
The former Borussia Dortmund player would be an amazing signing for the Reds, but we would have to pay a huge amount to sign him from Barcelona.
The 21-year-old would certainly improve our attack, and it will be interesting to see what our activity would be in the winter window.
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