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Liverpool's past signings from French clubs amid interest in Martin Terrier

Liverpool are interested in signing Rennes forward Martin Terrier this summer, according to the Mirror.

The 25-year-old scored 21 Ligue 1 goals last season – only Wissam Ben Yedder (25) and Kylian Mbappe (28) scored more than Terrier.

Terrier’s goals guided Rennes to a fourth-placed finish in the French top-flight, but the Roazhon Park side missed out on Champions League qualification.

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In recent years, the French side have sold the likes of Ismaila Sarr, Edouard Mendy, Eduardo Camavinga, Ousmane Dembele and Raphinha.

Given Terrier’s form this season and Liverpool’s reported interest following the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Sadio Mane’s future – Les Rouges et Noirs (The Red and Blacks) may look to cash in on their latest prized asset.

Capable of playing from the left or upfront like Mane, the former Lyon man has 30 goals and 15 assists from 84 matches for Rennes.

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Terrier is averaging a direct goalscoring contribution in every other game and it’s those statistics that may make him an appealing option for Jurgen Klopp in the quest to replace Mane – who has contributed so much to the club and has come up with the goods, in the clutch moments.

With Terrier linked with a summer switch to Anfield, Rousing The Kop takes a look at Liverpool’s past signings from French clubs.

Liverpool’s past signings from French clubs

Nicolas Anelka

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Anelka spent the second half of the 2001-02 season on loan at Anfield from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain.

The forward scored five goals in 22 games under the late Gerard Houllier before moving to Manchester City in the summer of 2002 on a permanent deal.

David Ngog

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Rafael Benitez signed the highly-rated youngster from PSG in July 2008, but the striker didn’t live up to his potential.

Ngog scored 19 goals from 94 games for Liverpool before moving to Bolton Wanderers in August 2011. The 33-year-old announced his retirement from football in June 2020 after a short spell in Lithuania.

Charles Itandje

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Itandje was born in France but went on to earn 12 caps for the Cameroon national side. The goalkeeper moved to Merseyside from Lens in August 2007 but he made just seven appearances for the Liverpool first team.

The 39-year-old is currently working as an assistant manager for FC Versailles.

Anthony Le Tallec

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The talented Frenchman only managed one goal from 32 appearances for Liverpool after arriving from Le Harve along with his cousin Florent Sinama Pongolle in 2001.

The 37-year-old, who scored 12 goals from 34 appearances for the French Under-21 side, retired last year.

Le Tallec played for Liverpool in last month’s Legends of the North clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Florent Sinama-Pongolle

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Unlike his cousin, Sinama-Pongolle did feature for Les Bleus and he earned one cap for the senior France side.

He also fared better than Le Tallec when it came to his Liverpool career – he scored nine goals from 65 games and would later earn a move to Atletico Madrid after scoring 10 or more goals in back-to-back La Liga campaigns for Recreativo Huelva.

Sinama-Pongolle, who also played in the Legends of the North clash, retired in the summer of 2019.

Titi Camara

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After arriving from Marseille, the Guinean international scored 10 goals in 37 games for Liverpool before moving to West Ham United.

Camara didn’t score for the Hammers and the man who scored 23 goals from 38 international caps retired in 2006.

Bernard Diomède

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The eight-time France international who was part of the 1998 World Cup winning side played five times for Liverpool after joining from Auxerre in 2000.

The 48-year-old is currently the manager of France’s Under-20 side.

John Arne Riise

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The powerful Norwegian who possessed a cannon of a left foot spent seven years at Anfield after arriving from Monaco in 2001.

Riise was part of the side that produced the stunning Champions League comeback against Carlo Ancelotti’s AC Milan in Istanbul back in 2005.

The left-back also won two UEFA Super Cups, two Community Shields and one FA Cup and League Cup.

Bruno Cheyrou

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The three-time France international scored five goals from 48 games for Liverpool following his move from Lille.

Cheyrou scored a screamer at Stamford Bridge in January 2004, but the left footer failed to live up to his burgeoning potential.

He’s currently working as a chief scout for Lyon.

Vladimir Smicer

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The former Czech Republic international spent six years at Anfield following his arrival from Lens in 1999.

Smicer played 183 times for Liverpool and won the Champions League, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and two League Cups.

The 49-year-old, who played as a midfielder, is currently the assistant manager for Slavia Prague.

Salif Diao

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The Senegalese international arrived on Merseyside from French side Sedan after an impressive World Cup.

The defensive midfielder was a regular in his first season at Liverpool, but his game time nosedived from his second season onwards.

Diao finished his career at Stoke City.

Divock Origi

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The Belgian will forever be a fans favourite at Anfield given the picture book of crucial goals he’s scored for Klopp’s side.

Klopp has confirmed, via BBC Sport, that the striker will leave the Reds once his contract ends on June 30 and Origi looks to be AC Milan bound.

Liverpool signed Origi from LOSC Lille in 2014, but did not see the Belgian feature on Merseyside for another year. The £10m arrival has since gone on to play 175 games for 41 goals and 18 assists.

El-Hadji Diouf

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In terms of Liverpool’s past signings from French clubs – Diouf was certainly one of the most memorable.

Liverpool signed the African Football of the Year from Lens and he joined Liverpool like Diao after a breakthrough 2002 World Cup.

Diouf made 80 appearances for the Redmen, scoring just six goals, before joining Bolton on an initial loan deal which was made permanent.

Diouf, who wasn’t shy of controversy, had spells with Sunderland, Blackburn, Rangers and Leeds. The 41-year-old is currently the manager of Senegal side Guédiawaye FC.

Mamadou Sakho

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Brendan Rodgers spent £18m to bring Sakho in from Paris Saint Germain in September 2013 and the Frenchman remained a part of Klopp’s plans during the early years of the German’s tenure.

Sakho made 80 appearances for Liverpool but after 75 appearances with Crystal Palace, the 32-year-old centre-back is back in his homeland with Montpellier.

Djibril Cissé

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Liverpool splashed out £14m to sign the French forward from Auxerre in July 2004 and Cisse went on to score 24 goals from 79 appearances.

Cisse suffered two serious tibia and fibula fractures during his time at Liverpool, but the French international managed to come back from them and prolong his career.

The 40-year-old, who won the Champions League, FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup with Liverpool joined PAO Chicago last summer.

Fabinho

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We come to the end of Liverpool’s past signings from French clubs and what a way to bow out!

The Brazilian was signed for £43.7m from Monaco in 2018 and Fabinho has proven to be a quality signing for Klopp.

Screening the backline and knitting together the rest of the Liverpool side, the 28-year-old has established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe.

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