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‘Looks like a Liverpool player’ – Pundit urges LFC to launch raid on PL rivals

BBC pundit Pat Nevin is adamant that Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez would be a perfect signing for Liverpool to solve the creative void left behind by Philippe Coutinho.

While the attacking trident of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah offer pace, movement and prolific finishing given the goals and assists between them this season, Coutinho played a key creative role behind them to help link things together and find them in dangerous positions.

Following his move to Barcelona, Jurgen Klopp has yet to bring in a replacement, and Nevin believes that Mahrez is the man to do that as he analysed their loss to West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup on Saturday night.

“Mahrez just looks like a Liverpool player to me,” Nevin said on BBC Radio 5 Live, as quoted by The Express.

“If I was in charge at Liverpool, I’d be banging down Leicester’s door to get him.”

The Algerian international has scored nine goals and provided nine assists in 27 appearances in all competitions for the Foxes so far this season, rediscovering good form after a drop off last year.

Naturally more effective on the wing though, it’s questionable as to whether he’d suit dropping back into a deeper role to provide Liverpool with the solution that they’re seeking, but he has been deployed in an attacking midfield position before and impressed.

As a result, while there is no suggestion that Liverpool and Klopp share Nevin’s analysis on the situation, it’s hard to disagree with the former Chelsea man as he has seemingly come up with a decent shout to solve the issue left behind by Coutinho’s exit.

With his technical quality, vision and creative class, the 26-year-old may suit Liverpool’s style of play and system perfectly.

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