Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp must have done a good job in seducing Thomas Lemar, if L’Equipe’s Friday report is something to judge upon.

The French newspaper, if anything, would lean more towards Arsenal in their preference, given the club’s related history with France, and Arsene Wenger.

Despite that, L’Equipe make it very clear AS Monaco’s Lemar was eyeing a move to Liverpool. A late Arsenal offer of €100m is mentioned, but credited to the English media, and it doesn’t feel like L’Equipe want to associate themselves too much with that claim.

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It wouldn’t have mattered anyway, because Lemar had made his choice and for him it was ‘The Reds and nothing else’. It was a sporting choice, explain the newspaper, so not driven by money, and Lemar will now have to get over his aborted transfer to a ‘mythical club’.

A little tease is thrown in at the end, with it being stated the France international may only have to wait a matter of months for the opportunity to present itself again.

As for Liverpool’s efforts to sign him, L’Equipe say Monaco somewhat messed the club around. Demands were ‘revised upwards’ and with every offer it seemed Monaco wanted more.

Lemar’s wish for only Liverpool could be tested today if Barcelona come knocking.