Liverpool have been hoovering up some of the best young talents from across Europe in recent seasons. We’ve seen the Reds bring in Billy Koumetio, Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg to name just a few. Amid claims that Liverpool offered Maxime Lopez a contract in 2014, we ask: did we miss out on him?
Who is Maxime Lopez?
22-year-old centre midfielder Maxime Lopez is currently playing for Sassuolo.
The Frenchman joined the Italian side on loan this summer, the Serie A club have an option to buy him at the end of the season.
He has so far made two starts and one sub appearance for the Italians, earning an impressive WhoScored rating of 7.03.
Liverpool and Maxime Lopez
Paris FC striker Julian Lopez, brother of Maxime, has told Gianluca Di Marzio that Liverpool tried to sign Maxime Lopez in 2014:
“With the Blaugrana (Barcelona) there has never been anything concrete. The Reds scouts, on the other hand, came to Marseille to talk to our family a few years ago.
“Maxime went to England for three days. He also attended the derby with Everton. They had offered him a professional contract. Back home, OM chose to make an important proposal to Max. Despite being just 17 years old. And he chose to stay in France.”
Should Liverpool have signed Maxime Lopez?
At the minute it looks as though Liverpool made the right call not pursuing Maxime Lopez further.
Sure, he’s impressing for Sassuolo in his opening games but the fact that Marseille have agreed a clause of just £1.8m should the Italian side want to make the move permanent (the clause could be triggered automatically by appearances) indicates that hey hasn’t developed as hoped.
Having said this, he is just 22-years-old – we should give him more time before we pass judgement.
There is also the consideration that he could have developed further at Liverpool than he did at Marseille.
Either way, we won’t be drying any tears – particularly after the Curtis Jones masterclass in Bergamo.