Liverpool were very close of signing of highly-rated French midfielder Maxime Lopez, according to former Marseille boss Jose Anigo
Liverpool have reportedly been keen on 18-year-old Lopez since he was 16, and they will continue to monitor the young Frenchman alongside Arsenal, according to French publication Le Parisien (h/tTalkSport).
The news has been confirmed by Anigo, who told L’Equipe on Sunday:
“Maxime Lopez was about to sign for them [Liverpool] in 2014.”
It’s clear the Reds were serious about finding a new young and creative ace to add to their midfield ranks.
Lopez, nicknamed the ‘New Nasri’, fitted the bill as a precocious and versatile playmaker with the attributes to fit the style of play Klopp has brought to Liverpool—one based on fluid movement and quick and intelligent passing.
Those are already staples of Lopez’s game, as Andrew Gibney noted for the Daily Mirror back in March 2014: “He is naturally right-footed, but likes to drift to the left, but at this age he is comfortable playing all along the midfield line. He makes intelligent runs off the ball, is eager to find space and get on the ball at every opportunity.”
Klopp has so far bought wisely during his time at Liverpool. He’s shunned the star names in favor of less heralded but still quality players who can be developed.