Liverpool not interested in signing Riyad Mahrez

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23:  Riyad Mahrez of Leicester in action during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The
Image: Liverpool have no interest in signing Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City, according to Sky sources

Liverpool are not interested in signing Riyad Mahrez as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, according to Sky sources.

Reports had previously suggested that the Algerian winger was close to joining Liverpool in a deal worth around £50m after the Reds agreed to sell Coutinho to Barcelona on Saturday.

The latest on Philippe Coutinho's £146m move from Liverpool to Barcelona.

However, Sky sources understand there has been no contact between Liverpool and Mahrez's club Leicester City.

Although Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is in the market for a creative forward, similar to Coutinho, he is not now expected to swoop for Mahrez who was a key figure when the Foxes shocked the football world in 2016 by winning the Premier League.

Philippe Coutinho opens the scoring for Liverpool
Image: Philippe Coutinho is leaving Liverpool for Barcelona

It is also believed that Leicester would want much more than £50m for their player.

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The Anfield club have already spent £75m in signing defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

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