2 Mar 2017

Exciting News: 'Genius' €65m attacker is now Liverpool's top transfer target. Klopp wants deal

One of the Premier League's most exciting attacking players is reportedly Jurgen Klopp's number one transfer target for the upcoming summer transfer window.

According to an exclusive from Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato:

"Leicester City attacker Riyad Mahrez is a target for Jurgen Klopp, who has put the Algerian at the top of his transfer wish-list".

Liverpool were last linked with Mahrez in December 2015 (at the height of his powers), but along with most of Leicester's players, Mahrez has fallen from grace this season, and if Leicester go down, his exit will surely be inevitable.

Mahrez is seemingly open to a move, and during last summer's transfer speculation, his agent told The Guardian:

"There is a possibility [he will leave]. If the opportunity comes to play for a big team then we have to think about it. I'd say it's 50/50 whether he stays or goes. We have interest from the UK and overseas".

Ex-Red Jamie Redknapp is a fan of Mahrez, and when last season if is the Prem's 'player of the Year' Redknapp told Sky Sports:

"He [Mahrez] a genius, and there are only a few player who possess his quality".

One average season doesn't make Mahrez a bad player. If that is the criterion for judging a player, then Adam Lallana is one of the worst players in the Premier League (!) Clearly, Mahrez needs a new challenge, but I sincerely doubt he'd thrive in a Jurgen Klopp team.

Like Sturridge, he'd probably be forced to focus on running and pressing, and subjugate his unpredictable attacking spontaneity to serve the defensive goals of the team. Plus, as good as he is, Mahrez lacks pace, and that (IMO) is one of the reasons he's struggled to replicate his form this season.

Once defenders figure a player out, the player needs to diversify, and pace is a great way to do that. Unfortunately, Mahrez doesn't have that attribute, which can be a handicap for an attacking player.

Liverpool need an urgent injection of pace in all areas of the field, and although Mahrez - for the right price - is an enticing signing, the Reds may need a different type of player. Personally, I'd be excited by this deal; Mahrez is proven player entering the prime of his career, and can (in theory) improve by playing alongside superior players.

* Mahrez: €65m-rated (CIES Football Observatory)


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