African star reportedly in talks with Liverpool over January move

Mahrez the wrong option to replace Coutinho at Liverpool- Owen

Mahrez the wrong option to replace Coutinho at Liverpool- Owen

"He has been far away from England, in Dubai [over the weekend] for a bit of a rest".

"As good a player as Mahrez is, he might not possess the pace or work ethic that Jurgen Klopp might be looking for and I wonder where he would fit into the starting XI - certainly not instead of the brilliant Mo Salah on the right side of the front three".

The Express point out that Mahrez has bought a property in London - unsurprisingly they label that as 'sending a message' to Arsenal.

Leicester boss Claude Puel is keen to keep the winger at the King Power Stadium, but the Foxes may receive offers they cannot resist amid interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.

The Merseyside outfit are on the lookout for a replacement for Phillippe Coutinho, who completed his move to Barcelona earlier this week and have identified Mahrez as their top target.

And according to the Daily Express, Mahrez is in talks with the Reds but would prefer to secure a move to the capital and play under Arsene Wenger instead.

Martin Keown thinks that Riyad Mahrez's performance in Leicester City's 0-0 draw at Chelsea will have only encouraged clubs to make a move for him in the transfer window this month. Until there is proof to the contrary, there has been no official contact with Liverpool.

"I don't think Mahrez would want to go there", he told Sky Sports.

"What I like about him is that he is not bothered about coming to get the ball".

Mahrez has seven goals to his name in the current campaign and a further seven assists.

At times, it feels a little mystifying that Riyad Mahrez is still at Leicester City.

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