Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol thinks there are “big question marks” over Thomas Lemar if the Merseysiders sign him as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.
The Reds have been linked with Monaco midfielder Lemar following Coutinho’s £142million exit to Barcelona on Monday, with the club expected to use some of that money in the January transfer window.
AC Milan wonderkid goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez would be further up his list of targets.
Nicol was asked which three players he wanted to see Liverpool spend the Coutinho money on, with a keeper top of his priorities.
“To be honest, the Lemar one I’m not 100 per cent,” Nicol said on ESPN FC.
“The reason I threw Lemar in is because when Coutinho was signed, there were big question marks over whether he could actually reach the stage he’s at now, that’s why he’s there.
“The other two I think are no brainers. Liverpool need a goalkeeper, this kid (Donnarumma) will no question, I don’t know how many years it will be, will one day be the best goalkeeper in the world.
“Try and go at get him now and then you’ve got a class goalie for 10 years and listen, proper goalkeepers will save you between 10 and 15 points a season.
“That’s what Liverpool are missing right now with (Simon) Mignolet.
“And Riyad Mahrez, his actual stats over the last three seasons are just as good as Coutinho’s.
“He’s not as good a player as Coutinho but the guy’s a proven Premier League player, who’s a little bit special at times.
“So if you can get Mahrez and you can get Donnarumma, then I think that makes Liverpool better.”