According to a report this Sunday morning, Liverpool will not in face be signing Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City.
There were widespread reports Saturday evening that said that the two Premier League clubs had agreed the deal but they seem pre-mature
Liverpool were immediately linked to Mahrez as a result of Philippe Coutinho’s impending £142m departure to Barcelona – but no deal is in place, with Sky Sports reporting that there has been zero contact from Liverpool regarding a swoop for the winger.
Jurgen Klopp is expected to scout the market for a creative player – with a profile similar to that of Coutinho’s, but stories linking the Algeria international to the club may have been jumping the gun, according to Sky.
Leicester reportedly will seek a sum well in excess of £50 million should Mahrez depart the King Power Stadium anytime soon – and with the Reds having already coughed up £75 million to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, it seems unlikely that any bid for Mahrez could circulate.
Mahrez has been in excellent form for Claude Puel’s side this season – scoring seven league goals so far this campaign, with glimmers of the ability that saw him named the PFA Player of the Year in 2015-16.
While his good form looks set to continue into the New Year, and Liverpool scout the market for a Coutinho replacement – Mahrez may not be adorning the red shirt any time in the near future.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena