Marseille midfielder Maxime Lopez has claimed that Liverpool offered him the chance to replace Philippe Coutinho.
The teenager went on to reveal that he met with club officials as well as Steven Gerrard at Anfield following a match.
“They said to me: ‘In five years you get Coutinho’s place!’.” he is quoted by L’Equipe.
“They approached me in a good way.
“I even met Steven Gerrard at the stadium after a game.
“I wanted to go there, but also to stay at Marseille. To go like that, at this age and even with your family, is very hard.
“I had noticed that they had thirty young professional players. You really have to be mentally prepared.” he finished.
Lopez has scored once and laid on seven assists so far this season.