Speaking in an interview with L’Équipe, Marseille’s teenage central midfielder Maxime Lopez confirmed that when Marcelo Bielsa was in charge of the club he often regretted not leaving and joining Liverpool, who heavily courted him.
“They even told me: “In 5 years, you will be playing in place of Coutinho!” They really smooth-talked me well. I even met Steven Gerrard, at the stadium, after the match. I wanted to go, but I also wanted to stay at Marseille. To leave like that, at that age and even with my family accompanying me, it is very tough. I realised they had about 30 young players who were professional, without including the starting players. You really have to be ready mentally.”