LAST_UPDATEWed, 20 Jun 2018 9pm

Michael Owen Warns Liverpool Off Signing Riyad Mahrez As A Philippe Coutinho Replacement

Michael Owen does not believe Riyad Mahrez is the right player to replace Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool.

The Reds have been strongly linked with the Leicester attacker following the departure of their Brazilian talisman.

Jurgen Klopp is on the lookout for attacking reinforcements and it’s known that Mahrez is open to leaving the Foxes having put in a transfer request over the summer.

Some reports even suggest Liverpool are already in talks to sign the Algeria international.

But former Anfield striker Owen is not convinced Mahrez has the right attributes for Liverpool – or where he would fit in.

‘I was asked this week if I thought Riyad Mahrez, who has been linked with a move to Anfield, would be the ideal replacement for Coutinho but I couldn’t agree,’ he told BetVictor.

‘As good a player as Mahrez is, he might not possess the pace or work ethic that Jurgen Klopp might be looking for and I wonder where he would fit into the starting XI – certainly not instead of the brilliant Mo Salah on the right side of the front three.’