Journalist who first broke Liverpool’s interest in Rabiot explains similarities to Keita move

It was reported on Wednesday that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made contact with Adrien Rabiot with the view to completing a move for the midfielder next summer.

Rabiot is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 and, despite the arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho in the summer, Klopp is seemingly keen to add to his ranks.

Liverpool supporters have since done some digging and it turns out that Rabiot has a soft spot for the Reds.

The Frenchman paid tribute to Steven Gerrard on Instagram in 2016 and has attended Anfield to watch Liverpool in the Champions League.

Klopp’s interest in the 23-year-old dates back to his time at Borussia Dortmund and he seems to still be a keen admirer.

And adding Rabiot on a free transfer would represent an impressive piece of business.

His reaction to missing out on France’s World Cup squad may be a concern. But he’s young and has immense talent.

French football journalist Julien Laurens explained Liverpool’s interest when he spoke to The Anfield Wrap podcast.

Laurens, who first brought up Liverpool’s interest, compared it to how the Reds managed to complete a deal for Naby Keita early, and made the point that Rabiot is a different player to Klopp’s current options.

“At 23, he is an incredible talent, offers something different to what they already have,” Laurens said.

“I think there have been a lot of positives so far in those contacts.

“There is a long way ahead but, if you look at Naby Keita, they played a blinder in getting him in early.

“You can see similarities with Rabiot and they may get a pre-contract agreement.

“That would then allow him to move to Liverpool on a free in the summer. Or they may even try and sign him for cheaper from PSG in January.

“But if Klopp realises he doesn’t need another midfielder – because it’s a position where they have a lot of talented players – he may try and sign him for free the following summer.”

Indeed, Klopp is blessed with options in midfield.

Throw Rabiot into the mix and his midfield suddenly looks even more versatile.