Liverpool Transfer News: Maxime Lopez Discusses Reds Interest, Latest Rumours

Marseille midfielder Maxime Lopez has revealed Liverpool were close to recruiting him as Philippe Coutinho's replacement before he opted to remain in France. 
Lopez recently spoke to French newspaper L'Equipe (h/t Get French Football News) after signing a new four-and-a-half-year contract at Marseille, detailing he was once seen by the Reds as the heir to Coutinho's throne:

They even told me: “In 5 years, you will be playing in place of Coutinho!” They really smooth-talked me well. I even met Steven Gerrard, at the stadium, after the match. I wanted to go, but I also wanted to stay at Marseille. To leave like ...
 

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