14 Mar 2017

Confirmed: 'Exceptional' £15m attacker 'wanted' to sign for 'Liverpool' after secret Anfield meeting

One of Jurgen Klopp's recent transfer targets has confirmed that he could've signed for Liverpool.

In November, TalkSport claimed:

"Liverpool are interested in signing Marseille attacker Maxime Lopez [and] have sent scouts to watch him in action".

Soon after, ex-Marseille boss Jose Anigo confirmed:

"Maxime Lopez was about to sign for them [Liverpool] in 2014."

Well, this appears to be true. Speaking to L'Equipe this week, Lopez confirmed:

"Liverpool told me: In five years, you’ll play in Coutinho’s position. They really sang my praises. I even met Steven Gerrard in the stadium after the match. I wanted to go there, but at that age it was very hard".

Some info about £15m-rated Lopez:

* 19-year old attacking midfielder, who can also play on either wing. Nicknamed the 'New Nasri'.

* Marseille: 11 goals/assists in 32 apps. 3 goals/assists in 6 apps for Marseille's U19 team.

* Sep 2014: the Daily Mail claimed: "Liverpool invited Maxime Lopez to the Merseyside derby, and he met with Brendan Rodgers".

* Nov 2016: Marseille right-back Rod Fanni's assessment: "He [Lopez] has everything to become a great number 10. He will have to work physically because he has not a very imposing size, but he can do it".

* Mar 2017: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane raved: "He [Lopez] has always had exceptional natural talent for his age. It's really breathtaking what he does".

The Reds are oversubscribed in the number-10 position, so losing out here is no big loss, but perhaps Lopez is one for the future...?


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