Liverpool still desperate to sign 23-year-old PSG key player

French midfielder Adrien Rabiot reportedly remains a transfer target for Liverpool despite Barcelona still leading the race to sign him from Paris Saint-Germain.

The Mirror reports that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a ‘keen admirer’ of the 23-year-old, who scored in PSG’s 3-0 win over Caen in the opening Ligue 1 game of the season on Sunday.

The Premier League transfer window closed on Thursday, so Liverpool face an anxious wait to see if Barcelona make a swoop for Rabiot before the Spanish window shuts on August 31.

Rabiot has so far refused to sign a new contract and would be available on a free transfer next summer if he does not come to an agreement with PSG before then, while Liverpool would be free to discuss a pre-contract deal from January.

“It’s not certain if Adrien stays at PSG. It all depends on him,” PSG boss Thomas Tuchel told reporters following the Sunday’s opening-day win.

“For me he’s a great player He can grow even more and become a top player.”

Rabiot has made over 200 appearances for PSG since his debut in 2012, scoring 22 goals in all competitions.