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Lemar, Mahrez, Goretzka: Assessing Liverpool's options after Coutinho

Steve Nicol identifies three big-name players he wants Liverpool to pursue with the money they received for Philippe Coutinho.
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Liverpool's sale of Philippe Coutinho has media outlets linking a large number of players to Anfield who will serve as the Brazil international's replacement at Anfield.

Of course, there is no guarantee that Jurgen Klopp decide to reinvest the £142 million during this January transfer window given his reluctance to move from away first-choice targets. But ESPN FC assesses those players who have been touted as a potential Coutinho replacement.

Thomas Lemar, MF/FW, AS Monaco

Monaco's 22-year-old was a target for Liverpool in the summer when the Merseyside club were adamant that Coutinho wasn't going to leave. With Coutinho now gone, Lemar is viewed by supporters as Liverpool's next obvious move in the market. Lemar's mightily impressive 2016-17 campaign led to a bidding war between Liverpool and Arsenal at the end of the summer window, but the France international's follow-up season has failed to live up to the same heights, scoring just twice in 18 appearances this term.

Monaco have made no secret of the fact they may not be able to keep hold of Lemar this summer but they have continually stressed that January departures are not on their agenda.

Naby Keita, MF, RB Leipzig (summer move brought forward)

With Liverpool losing a key midfielder, Jurgen Klopp is pursuing the idea of bringing forward Keita's move to Anfield six months early. That in itself will prove to be extremely difficult. Liverpool were only able to overcome RB Leipzig's not-for-sale stance in the summer by triggering a release clause in the Guinea international's contract that comes into force in July 2018 and paying a premium on top.

Similar to Lemar, Keita's form has dipped somewhat after Liverpool's interest was established. Former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Simon Rolfes recently said: "Keita has enormous potential [but] he has not had the same impact that he did last season." Having been sent off twice for RB Leipzig this season, Rolfes added: "Too often he has been undisciplined and has harmed his team."

Despite all that Leipzig still remain unlikely to allow Keita, an extremely important player in Ralph Hasenhuttl's side, to depart early, with their season very much alive. The Bundesliga runners-up remain in the fight to secure Champions League qualification this season and would fancy themselves putting together a strong run in the Europa League.

Leon Goretzka, MF, Schalke 04

Goretzka is reportedly heading to Bayern but the door's still open for a club like Liverpool.

The Germany international is on the radar of a number of many top European clubs, Liverpool included, with his Schalke contract expiring at the end of the season. Reports in Germany have suggested a move to Bayern Munich is a done deal, although the player's agent has denied it.

Goretzka, 22, is now an established international after an excellent FIFA Confederations Cup campaign last summer. His sublime performances are backed up by four goals in 11 Bundesliga outings, along with another three strikes in Germany's World Cup qualification.

Alexis Sanchez, FW, Arsenal

Sanchez has been loosely touted as a player Liverpool should make a move for in the wake of Coutinho's exit. Indeed, Liverpool were interested in the 29-year-old in the summer of 2014 before he opted to join Arsenal.

Manchester City's interest in the Chile international is well-established, with his Arsenal contract expiring at the end of the season. Sources told ESPN FC last month that Sanchez remains keen on a move to the Etihad having nearly made the switch in the summer.

Sanchez's form has been indifferent this term. He has scored seven Premier League goals this season, a drop-off from the 13 he had by this stage 12 months ago.

Riyad Mahrez, MF, Leicester

Mahrez was linked to Liverpool in the immediate aftermath of the Coutinho sale but a source has told ESPN FC that there is no interest from Liverpool in the Algeria international at this stage.

Mahrez submitted a transfer request in the summer but no transfer materialised as Roma had a bid rejected for not meeting Leicester City's valuation. The lack of a move hasn't impacted Mahrez's form this season, though: he has eight goals in 24 appearances, while crafting eight assists in the process too.

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.

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