Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez has made it known that Liverpool were interested in his signature, but pulled the plug once Mohamed Salah joined from Roma in 2017.
It proved to be an astute move for the Reds, with the Egyptian winger scoring 91 goals in 144 games as the Merseysiders won the 2018/2019 Champions League title and look set to win their first Premier League title in 30 years.
The 29-year-old Mahrez, meanwhile, was on the books of Leicester City between the 2014 and 2018, making a total of 179 appearances, scoring 48 goals while providing 38 assists.
He played an integral part in the Foxes’ fairytale run to the Premier League title in 2016, and made the PFA Team of the Year as well as winning the PFA Player of the Year, the first Algerian to do so.
From then on, interest in him increased.
Leicester were unwilling to sell Mahrez and was able to keep him for another season, but once it was clear he had no interest in staying at the King Power Stadium, the East Midlands club had no other option but to accept Man City’s offer.
“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 told DZ Foot in an Instagram Live interview.
Mahrez has found further success at Manchester City, having a hand in 47 goals (21 goals, 26 assists) in 81 competitive outings, winning the Premier League, the FA Cup, League Cup (two) and Community Shield during his tenure so far.