Reports link Thomas Lemar with a move to Manchester United. It’s a move that would give Liverpool a glimpse into an alternate reality.
ESPN say that Lemar’s representatives met with United last week. The Frenchman apparently wants out from Atletico Madrid, where he doesn’t feel his qualities fit in.
Lemar joined Atletico back in 2018 for a reported £53m – per the Guardian. Things haven’t quite gone his way there, however, and he hasn’t got a single goal or assist in La Liga this season. He only managed three of each last campaign.
That poor record is why we cast our minds back earlier in the season to look at Liverpool’s reported failed attempt to sign Lemar. Sky Sports said back in 2017 – one year before his move to Atletico – that the Reds tried twice to sign him. They offered £55.m at first and then upped that to £64.8m when AS Monaco rejected it.
Those bids came on the back of a season where Lemar scored nine goals and assisted another ten in Ligue 1. That brilliant record inspired the Reds’ bids and understandably so.
A year later, however, they didn’t try to get him. Lemar followed up that good season with just two goals and eight assists. While Liverpool embarked on a campaign to the Champions League final and no longer really needed him.
But there was a time when they thought Lemar could light up the Premier League. If the reports are correct and United sign Lemar, Liverpool will get to see if they were right with that instinct and what might have been if they’d got their way.