Reporter claims Liverpool FC haven’t expressed interest in top 26-year-old playmaker
Sky Sports News reporter Bryan Swanson claims Liverpool FC haven't contacted Leicester about Riyad Mahrez
Liverpool FC haven’t made contact with Leicester City about their prized asset Riyad Mahrez, according to Sky Sports News reporter Bryan Swanson.
Jurgen Klopp is rumoured to be in the market to sign a new playmaker after Philippe Coutinho completed a £142m move to La Liga leaders Barcelona in the January transfer window.
Mahrez would certainly fit the requirements to replace Coutinho in the Reds team as a lightweight but influential playmaker capable of finding holes in Premier League defences, as highlighted by his vital role in Leicester’s title success in 2015-16.
The Algeria international was named the PFA player of the year in April 2016 after Mahrez scored 19 goals and made 15 assists in Leicester’s title-winning campaign under Claudio Ranieri.
Mahrez struggled to match his high performance level in the 2016-17 season but the Leicester midfielder has netted seven goals and has made seven assists in the current campaign.
However, Sky Sports News reporter Swanson has revealed that Liverpool FC haven’t been in touch with Leicester about signing the 26-year-old attacking midfielder to replace Coutinho.
“So what about the Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez?” Swanson told Sky Sports News on Monday.
“It was claimed in one report that he was due for a medical at Liverpool over the weekend.
“Our latest information still remains that Liverpool haven’t made a move and even contacted Leicester to tell them there wasn’t interest and described the recent report as ‘fabricated’.”
Liverpool FC are in fourth place in the Premier League table in the hunt for a Champions League spot.
The Reds will take on Portuguese side FC Porto in their Champions League last-16 clash next month.