Michael Owen comments on Riyad Mahrez to Liverpool speculation

Manchester United's English striker Michael Owen in action during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west...

Liverpool have been linked with Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez in the January transfer window.

Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City scores the opening goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Huddersfield Town at The King Power Stadium on January 1, 2018 in...

Michael Owen has suggested on Betvictor.com that Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez would not be an ideal replacement for Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool.

Coutinho has left Premier League club Liverpool for Spanish and European giants Barcelona in the January transfer window for a fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £142 million.

The 25-year-old Brazil international, who can operate as an attacking midfielder or as a winger, is one of the best players in the world and will be missed at the Reds.

Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City is tackled by Joe Lolley of Huddersfield Town during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Huddersfield Town at The King Power Stadium on...

According to beIN SPORTS, Liverpool are interested in signing Mahrez from Premier League rivals Leicester in January as a replacement for Coutinho.

Mahrez is one of the best players in the Premier League and operates predominately as a winger.

The 26-year-old Algeria international has scored seven goals and provided as many assists in 21 Premier League starts for Leicester so far this season.

During the 2016-17 campaign, the Algeria international scored six goals and provided three assists in 33 league starts for the Foxes.

Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City celebrates scoring the opening goal with Christian Fuchs (R) during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Huddersfield Town at The King Power...

Former Liverpool striker Owen does not believe that Mahrez would be an ideal replacement for Coutinho at Anfield.

Owen wrote on Betvictor.com: “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.

“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.”

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