By Harvey Byrne
Former striker Stan Collymore believes Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez would be a “decent bet” for Liverpool amid doubts over the future of star Philippe Coutinho.
The 25-year-old was reported to have handed a transfer request on Friday, but Sky Sports then claimed that the Anfield giants had rejected the Brazilian’s request with the Reds keen to keep hold of their star man.
There has however been a lot of speculation about who will replace Coutinho in the Liverpool team and West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini has been the most heavily linked with the Mail reporting that the Hammers are looking to kill the Merseysiders’ interest by tying him to a new deal.
But, there are other names being thrown into the mix and Collymore told on his personal Twitter account in the early hours of Saturday morning that he believes Mahrez would be a good addition to the Liverpool team.
Mahrez a decent bet for #LFC
? Would love the step up, proven at this level, maybe needs the challenge /kick up arse?
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) August 11, 2017
Mahrez has been a success during his three years at Leicester, helping them win promotion to the top-flight in 2014 before then proving key as they lifted a shock Premier League title in 2016.
The Algerian is now reportedly seeking Champions League football and after 27 goals and 18 assists in 104 Premier League appearances he could be a good signing for Liverpool as they look to push on from their fourth placing.
In other Liverpool news, Barcelona have shifted their focus to this Premier League attacker.