Liverpool willing to sign technically-gifted winger if No.10 leaves

According to reports, Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez is attractive to Liverpool as Philippe Coutinho nears a transfer to Barcelona

Independent claim, Liverpool are still struggling to keep hold of the Brazilian attacker, but face a problem to do so as they prepare for life without Brazilian for the second half of the season.

Coutinho would prove a tough act to follow at Anfield, having confirmed himself as one of Europe’s top attacking midfielders, but it appears the Reds have some new targets in mind.

Monaco’s Thomas Lemar is their primary choice, but Mahrez is also being recognised as a decent backup option, so claim the Independent.

Le Buteur recently linked the Algeria international with interest from Arsenal, but it could be that Liverpool would now urgently look to beat their rivals to his signature to fill that void in their attack.

26-year-old Mahrez seems like he could be a good fit at Liverpool, and would add even more pace, skill and goal warning to an already-exciting headline on Merseyside.

Even with Coutinho missing some games, the Reds have looked superb with the likes of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in top form, and Mahrez would fit in nicely alongside them up front.

Same reports suggested that Leicester may be open to selling Mahrez for the right price this winter and that they wanted around £40million for him during talks with Roma in the summer.