January 2, 2018 at 5:13 am #1577406
When coutinho leaves, I would be more than happy with the leicester man as the replacement over someone like Lemar who, like it appears, we put in a VVD-like bid last summer.
Technically, I think Mahrez is as good as coutinho. Under Klopp, who knows what he can become..
His goals and assist as similarly on par with the brazilian. I have not checked the numbers but i suspect the algerian, playing in a lesser team, is ahead.
Mahrez, again like couts, can play on the wings and cenrally. I think his pace is also better…which would make us an even faster team.
He has proven EPL pedigree and would only need to adapt to Klopp’s style, not a different league.
Finally, he wouldn’t cost 90m, would he?
I say forget lemar and get mah.January 2, 2018 at 10:21 am #1577501
Reds interesting one this. I think Mahrez is a very good player (he has been known to drift out of games but I think that was more as he wanted a move).
The rumours were that they wanted £40 to £50 mill for Mahrez during the transfer window. I reckon for us it would be closer to £50 mill as they know we will have money to spend.
In terms of players you get one with epl experience and better stats vs. a player who is younger, a bit quicker and with more potential in my opinion (Lemar).
I suppose it would depend upon the price, if both were similar I personally would go for Lemar. If there is a significant difference in their fees then it could be Mahrez who is better value.January 2, 2018 at 12:46 pm #1577594
Agreed!!January 2, 2018 at 2:53 pm #1577686
lemar would be double the price of Mahrez is he that much better?
Lets try get Sanchez on a free!!!January 2, 2018 at 3:16 pm #1577708
AK I don’t think it would be double fella. As soon as we register our interest I reckon the fee for Mahrez will go up exorbitantly.January 2, 2018 at 3:35 pm #1577714
Fair point personally i am not sold on Mahrez have no idea if this lemar kid is any good. Mahrez would cost 45M? Lemar 75M?January 2, 2018 at 4:04 pm #1577723
Mayhrez is very good obviously, he won player of the year for Leciester which is no easy feat. He definitely has the dribbling and I think playing for Liverpool would raise his game even more. Everyone goes on about Coutinhos dribbling like he is the only one, mayhrez would also light up or team. If we sell Couts then I say get him!January 2, 2018 at 4:16 pm #1577733
Mwake so does Lemar have good dribbling ability. Maybe we should play them off against each other so we don’t have a primary target – either or depending upon price.January 2, 2018 at 4:27 pm #1577739
Have to say I’m not a huge fan of Mahrez, which seems wrong to say as he was brilliant for Leicester 2 years ago, but he’s had a very quiet 18 months with only thye occasional flash of brilliance, but like Bob, I have absolutely no knowledge of Lemar at all. I’ve a horrible feeling Couts may go this January, which would be crazy b y the club, but I just don’t buy this latest ‘injury’. I will feel alot happier if I see him on the pitch on FridayJanuary 2, 2018 at 5:25 pm #1577775
Hightown agree mate. I’ve already said he’s going. It’s not if but when. We are going to have to accept it.
In an ideal world we would sell him in the summer. The only thing is we need to understand where his head is, regardless of the fact he’s kept performances high.
That being said let Barcelona put a firm massive bid in (like we did with VVD) rather than their usual style.January 2, 2018 at 6:34 pm #1577803
Mahrez, have we even been linked to him?
Lemar, definitely not, if the rumoured price is £90m. He is not even lighting up Ligue 1, so how we would he shine in Premiership? At around £40m, maybe.
Over to the Liverpool scouting team to uncover another Salah for a decent priceJanuary 2, 2018 at 6:40 pm #1577804
Songman wasn’t Lemar one of the top performing players for Monaco alongside Mbappe last season? Like others I know nothing about Lemar, but he is young, and maybe being around better players like Salah, Mane and Firmino would up his game. For 90m, he better have world class potential in him though.January 2, 2018 at 6:50 pm #1577812
Your definitely right Bob Liverpool need to be smart and ‘play the game’ to reduce the fee to reasonable levels it’s in Monaco interest to do it there are lots of other options regardless of how good Lemar may be.
Same applies to Mahrez, just take a look at Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech who actually reminds a bit like Mahrez, similar build and dribbling style but probably could be got for half the price and seems to be having a good season with Ajax too.
When we signed Coutinho for 8m most people were like “who is this guy?” I’m sure with good scouting we can find another gem.January 2, 2018 at 7:17 pm #1577825
GellerBing, Salah performed very well for the 2 seasons he was at Roma hence why Liverpool went for him. But Lemar does not seem to be doing it this season.
French players like Dembele, Mbappe Griezman, Pogba and Martial are much higher priced than normal, because of expectation of finding the next big thing plus media hype.
For me, if you are going to pay £90m for a player he had better be the real deal, or well on his way to becoming the real deal. At this price, Lemar is too much of a risk to me.
I would rather Liverpool go for proven talent in the £20m-£40m bracket like Firmino, Mane or SalahJanuary 2, 2018 at 8:15 pm #1577833
Songman they’ll be fewer of players the ability of Salah about especially at the fees your talking. I do rate Lemar from what I’ve seen of him.
Where I do agree is I wouldn’t pay £90 mill for him but if we don’t put all our eggs in one basket and offer them something more sensible, if they refuse then we turn our attentions elsewhere.
The alternative is the scouts spot something we all miss.January 2, 2018 at 8:58 pm #1577851
Bob why exactly do you rate Lemar?
For example, Salah scored 34 goals in previous two seasons, while Lemar scored 19 – although admittedly Salah is older and more experienced?
The only time I’ve seen Lemar play, he scored 2 goals for France, and he looked ok but not outstanding.
My issue above all else is the price. If the Liverpool scouts can find Salah for £37m, then surely for about £40m, or even less, they can do it again.
I would not spend £50m, let alone £90m, on Lemar. He is not even having a great season, only 4 goals, but somehow the media and demand from Arsenal has inflated his fee into the stratosphere, and that is the problemJanuary 2, 2018 at 10:10 pm #1577875
I would consider Mahrez, though the club are being linked with Lanzini as Couts replacement.January 3, 2018 at 2:01 am #1577922
Rakitic HAS to be involved in any deal for couts. When couts goes we are gonna miss his vision, range of passing and set piece/long shot ability. We got others that can dribble. We dont need lemar. We need a player like rakitic to pick out salah’s diagonal runs like couts doesJanuary 3, 2018 at 7:42 am #1577939
Harry – Rakitic, while far from past it, isn’t going to get any better. He is past his very best, and therefore unlikely to be a favoured FSG target. With the exception of Klavan, every player that Klopp and FSG have bought have been at the age where they should improve 1.e under 26. All his signings all have their best years ahead of them, and I think most would agree that Rakitic’s very best years are now behind himJanuary 3, 2018 at 8:58 am #1577966
If we have the cash then why not try for Lemar, but Mahrez is an option & could grow at our club. The Lanzini link is interesting though & more likely of the three.
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