Liverpool should switch focus to Mahrez in hunt for attacking star

Liverpool should consider making a move for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez, who has been linked to numerous Premier League clubs over the last few months.

What’s the word?

The Reds have been mentioned as potential suitors for the winger in the past, but more recently Manchester City have become the frontrunners.

Widespread media reports suggest that Liverpool are on the hunt for a new attacking midfielder, and while Mahrez predominantly plays on the wing, he has the versatility to switch positions.

The 27-year-old, who has earned 39 international caps for Algeria, has at times played just behind the striker for the Foxes.

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Last season, he scored 13 goals and created 13 assists in all competitions, and there is no doubt that he would slot into Jurgen Klopp’s system at Anfield.

Are there any negatives?

On the pitch? No. Off it? Perhaps. Leicester have twice refused transfers for Mahrez, once last summer and another time in January.

The attacker made it clear that he wanted to leave the 2015-16 Premier League champions, and when that was denied, he had a bit of a strop.

The former Le Havre player refused to turn up to training after the Foxes rejected an offer from Manchester City six months ago, but he was eventually reintegrated into the team.

Klopp is no soft touch when it comes to discipline, and Mamadou Sakho can vouch for that given that he was sent home from Liverpool’s pre-season tour prior to the start of the 2016-17 campaign after breaching club rules.

The defender was eventually shown the door and joined Crystal Palace as a result.

Mahrez’s reaction to not getting his way should be a slight concern, but not enough to put Liverpool off enquiring about the player’s availability.

The club have already had disappointment in the collapse of a deal to sign Nabil Fekir, so they will hope to have better luck with their next target.

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