Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez, who joined the Citizens from Leicester City in the summer of 2018, has revealed why Liverpool didn’t go ahead to sign him.
The Algeria international said that the Reds were interested in his signature, but pulled the plug once Mohamed Salah joined from Roma in 2017.
Mahrez was on the books of Leicester City between the 2014 and 2018, and played an integral part in the Foxes 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.
From then on, interest in him increased.
Leicester were unwilling to sell Mahrez but once it was clear he had no interest in staying at the King Power Stadium, the East Midlands club had 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.
The African Footballer of 2016 also revealed that he had the opportunity to represent France, but rather chose Algeria.
“If I had waited for France, I would be in the France team there but I chose Algeria direct” the 29-year-old continued.
“I had just signed for Leicester, I was told Vahid [former Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic] likes me, there is the World Cup!”