Marseille midfielder Maxime Lopez has admitted via a documentary on the club’s YouTube channe that he turned down the chance to sign for Liverpool.
The reigning European Champions have made a habit of snapping up hungry young talents before helping them explode into household names, from Mo Salah to Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson to Roberto Firmino, and Lopez appears to fit right in as an archetypal Liverpool signing.
At just 21 years of age, the French midfielder has his whole career ahead of him, though he’s already made over 80 Ligue 1 appearances in Marseille colours.
The France U21 international has even been linked to a certain Samir Nasri, the enigmatic playmaker who rose through the ranks at the Stade Velodrome before starring at Arsenal and Manchester City, as reported by UEFA.com.
And Lopez has now admitted that he could have followed Nasri to England before maverick coach Marcelo Bielsa arrived at Marseille and immediately froze him out of the first-team.
“I was about to sign (a professional contract) when Bielsa arrived. It was very hard because I had just refused Liverpool. I said to myself 'f***'. I felt like everything was falling apart, I was not playing,” he says.
Lopez might have regretted not seizing a move to Merseyside back then but it is hard to see where he would fit into Klopp’s first team plans right now, given the treasure trove of midfield talent the charismatic German has at his fingertips.
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