Riyad Mahrez has revealed there was interest in him from Liverpool prior to the Reds’ signing of Mohamed Salah. The Algerian international told DZfoot (via Goal.com) about the Anfield club’s interest during an Instagram Live interview.
The 29-year-old said: “Before signing at Manchester City, there was an interest in Liverpool for me, but as soon as they took Mo Salah, it was finished.” Mahrez ended up joining Pep Guardiola’s side from Leicester City in a deal reportedly worth £61.02m in July 2018 (via Transfermarkt.co.uk).
However, he’s only started in 54% of the club’s Premier League fixtures this season, therefore, you could question whether or not it was the right move for the winger. Here is how some of the Liverpool faithful have responded to the player’s recent comments.
im happy with our decision
— Jacob Elkins (@JacobBElkins) May 11, 2020
Lol thank goodness
— Ukoko I (@ukokospeaks) May 12, 2020
Sometimes I really feel we dodged a lot of bullets.
Mané 4 Götze
Salah 4 Mahrez/Brandt/Draxler
Firmino 4 Depay
— * Ochubili Chijioke ????????? (@Bruce_Wayne_05) May 11, 2020
Good player but I’d much rather Mo.
— Si Señor ?? (@fee_lfc) May 11, 2020
Top decision that was ? Mo far better for us than him ??
— Hamed Kashkush (@KashkushHamed) May 11, 2020
Do you wish Liverpool had signed Mahrez over Salah?
We got the better player so all is well.
— *Matt (@LFC_Matt88) May 11, 2020
— ??? Paul M??? (@MarshmanPaul) May 11, 2020
Thank you. Don’t want that arrogant person anywhere near Liverpool
— Julian (@01mJulian) May 11, 2020
He sounds disappointed imo.
— LiverpoolFC_SA (@pbekebeke) May 11, 2020
What do we think?
It’s clear that these fans believe the club made the right choice in opting to sign Salah over the former Leicester City star. The Egyptian has scored 91 goals and provided 37 assists in Liverpool colours since his arrival in the summer of 2017 from Roma – and in our view, that’s an impressive return that fully justifies the club’s decision.