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Philippe who? Liverpool managed to get past local rivals Everton without their MIA Brazilian midfielder on Friday night but they've still made contact with a Premier League club over the Barcelona bound player's replacement.
On Friday night Jurgen Klopp had a tricky tie in the FA Cup third round against local rivals Everton, just weeks after the pair had drawn in the league, and he had to do it with only two of his fab four.
Mo Salah and Philippe Coutinho both missed out through injury and the Brazilian was announced as a Barcelona player a day later.
Instead even with most of the possession the Reds seemed to struggle to break down Sam Allardyce's side with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino often struggling to really threaten.
If it's a sign of times to come then fans may worry about the loss of Coutinho but news from France suggests they might not have to worry too much longer.
According to newspaper L'Equipe the five times Champions League winners have contacted Leicester City over the availability of Riyad Mahrez.
The report says that Claude Puel would obviously rather keep the Algerian winger but the player has been told previously that offers could be accepted if they are satisfactory.
BeIn Sports, meanwhile, say that Liverpool have struck a deal with Leicester for Mahrez.
:red_circle: INFO beIN SPORTS- beIN SPORTS (@beinsports_FR) January 6, 2018
:flag_gb: Riyad Mahrez passera sa visite médicale avec Liverpool demain
:soccer: Il s'y engagera pour les quatre prochaines saisons, jusqu'en juin 2022
:moneybag: Montant de l'opération : 55M€ https://t.co/w9KmTAYUU0
Ever since the Foxes won the Premier League the winger has been linked with several high profile moves with Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea all previously said to be interested.
Fans generally seem pretty happy with the idea of signing Mahrez:
Liverpool fans to Coutinho when they hear they're getting £142m Plus Mahrez and Lemar as replacements...:joy::wave: pic.twitter.com/0qPdSUykRj
- James:tm::flag_black: (@40YardGerrard) January 4, 2018
Mahrez to Liverpool I would love that :raised_hands::raised_hands:
- youth pastor (@arrijabba) January 6, 2018
I think #Liverpool should finish the African revolution by selling #Coutinho and #Firmino. Than replacing them with #Aubameyang and #Mahrez :joy:
- yusuf acar (@ysfzt) January 6, 2018
I think Mahrez will shine In Liverpool he is a proven player in PL
- liverbird (@LIVERBIRD2904) January 6, 2018
Not sure why some people aren't happy with our interest in Riyad Mahrez. He's only 26. PL proven with a PL medal. Has 7 goals & 8 assists in PL this season. Wonderful techniques and a great left foot. I'd love him at Liverpool.
- Shadab Monjur (@Liverpool_World) January 4, 2018
Monaco's Thomas Lemar, who Arsenal also have a long term interest in, is also reportedly on Klopp's list to replace Coutinho.
The Reds transfer recruitment this January has already paid off with Virgil van Dijk grabbing a late winner against Everton in the FA Cup in his first start on Friday night.
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