James Pearce reacts to Thomas Lemar speculation

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Liverpool ECHO journalist James Pearce has quashed rumours that the Reds have agreed on personal terms with AS Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.

In the wake of Liverpool’s upsetting 1-0 loss to Swansea City in the league on Monday night, a large percentage supporters have seen their desire to sign a replacement for Phil Coutinho bolstered.

Names like Nabil Fekir and Julian Draxler have been thrown around as alternatives to those that have been linked with the club already this month but after (unreliable journo and United supporter) Duncan Castles penned a piece for Yahoo UK, some fans started wondering if Jurgen Klopp has plans to buy in January.

The message so far this month has been that Klopp will buy if he is presented with a deal that is both suitable financially and for his team. The German is ready to spend big if necessary but he doesn’t want to pay over the odds.

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According to Duncan Castles, Liverpool have agreed on personal terms with Thomas Lemar and just need to agree a fee with Monaco. Of course, the Reds have been unwilling to meet their exorbitant asking price of just under £90 million.

Last night, James Pearce rubbished any talk that the Reds have agreed terms with Lemar, writing for the ECHO: “Liverpool have dismissed reports that they have agreed personal terms with Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.”

Last summer, Klopp was keen on signing Lemar as the window wound to a close but he refused to meet Monaco’s hefty valuation.

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Last night, Lemar was left out of AS Monaco’s matchday squad to face Lyon in the Coupe de France despite being named in the provisional 20-man squad. This, in spite of the fact that widespread reports indicate he wasn’t injured.

It may have been anything under the sun and have nothing to do with the ongoing transfer speculation but seeing as footballers have their every move micro-analysed, it’s easy to understand why so many people on social media have been questioning it.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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