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Philippe Coutinho departs: 5 midfielders who can replace him

Rashi Arie
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17.12K   //    10 Jan 2018, 10:56 IST

THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool with Zeljko Buvac first assistant coach during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on January 3, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Jan. 2, 2018 - Source: John Powell/Liverpool FC)
Klopp (right) will be scheming on how to replace the brilliant Brazilian

Philippe Coutinho completed his dream move to Barcelona on in a £142 million deal which makes the Brazilian playmaker the second most expensive player in the world. The former Inter starlet has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with the Spanish giants.

He had been Barcelona's preferred option to replace Neymar who joined PSG in the summer. Liverpool reportedly rejected three bids from them but the Blaugrana eventually came back and got their man.

His departure leaves a huge gap in the Liverpool line-up as his combination with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino was central to Liverpool's quest for Champions League qualification.

Klopp and the board now have over just 20 days to find an ideal replacement.

Here is a list of players who can replace Coutinho at Liverpool:

Reported Target: Riyad Mahrez

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 Leicester, England. (Dec. 31, 2017 - Source: Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe)
Mahrez's mix of elegance and skill will be of great help to the Reds going forward

The former PFA player of the year has been a target for the "Big Six" since Leicester's title-winning season in 2016.

The Algerian international was keen to move away from the Foxes this summer. He even put in a transfer request in hopes of getting a move this past summer. He ended up staying after clubs refused to meet Leicesters £50m valuation.

Mahrez had struggled under Craig Shakespeare early this season but has been in great form lately under new manager Claude Puel. So far, he has scored seven goals and provided eight assists to his teammates.

Despite Puel claiming that the player is happy at Leicester, it is believed that he still wants to move away.

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