Now that Coutinho has finalized his long-awaited switch to Barcelona, Jurgen Klopp has to find a good replacement this January or else he would have a gaping hole in Liverpool’s attack.
Klopp needs to bring in a world-class attacker to fill the void and Thomas Lemar from Monaco or Riyad Mahrez could be a possible option.
However, Owen, who has been with Liverpool for 13 years is not convinced that Mahrez could fit well into Klopp’s frontline.
“Liverpool begin life without Philippe Coutinho in what promises to be one of the games of the season,” he said.
“I was asked this week if I thought Riyad Mahrez, who has been linked with a move to Anfield, would be the ideal replacement for Coutinho but I couldn’t agree.
“As good a player as Mahrez is, he might not possess the pace or work ethic that Jurgen Klopp might be looking for and I wonder where he would fit into the starting XI – certainly not instead of the brilliant Mo Salah on the right side of the front three.”
“Liverpool will be looking for revenge after their 5-0 defeat at the Etihad earlier in the season, but make no mistake they were every bit as good as City until Sadio Mane was red-carded at 1-0,” Owen added.
“It should be a cracker with plenty of chances and goals played in a white-hot Anfield atmosphere – I cannot wait.”