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Liverpool approached Marseille youngster to replace Coutinho


Marseille’s midfielder Maxime Lopez has claimed the Reds approached him to join the club as a long-term replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard once told the 19-year-old player that “in five years you will be playing in place of Coutinho”.

Speaking to L’Equipe, Lopez said: “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.

Arsenal have also showed interest in Lopez, but were turned down by the player, as he agreed a new deal at Marseille.