Liverpool preparing to welcome £49m attacker to finally replace Brazilian star

Liverpool have moved quickly to replace Philippe Coutinho with Leicester City attacker Riyad Mahrez, who will reportedly undergo a medical at the team on Sunday.

The Reds have announced that Coutinho will join Barcelona in a deal worth a reported £142m this month, making the South American the second-most expensive footballer of all time behind only countryman  Neymar.

Initial stories had suggested that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was set to bring in Thomas Lemar from Monaco as a successor for Coutinho. However, beIN Sports suggests that they are alternately on the verge of signing Mahrez.

The Brazilian has been strongly linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium since helping the Foxes to their extraordinary Premier League title success in 2016 when he was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year.

The Reds are now reportedly willing to spend £49m of their earnings from Coutinho on the Algerian star, who is set to sign a four-and-a-half-year deal at Anfield.

Mahrez has netted eight goals and laid on seven more in 26 games across all tournaments this campaign, including five goals and three assists in his last ten games.