Liverpool throw everything at Monaco winger Lemar after Coutinho sale

Liverpool throw everything at Monaco winger Lemar after Coutinho sale

Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim hints that players could be sold this month amid reports that Liverpool are interested in Thomas Lemar.

A spot has opened up in the Reds' midfield following the departure of Philippe Coutinho, who finalised a switch to Barcelona today in a reported £142m deal.

Sky Sports is reporting that the Reds have decided against making a bid to try and land the 22-year-old France global, who was also linked with Arsenal in the summer months.

Lemar has been on the radar of several Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, since last summer but the Reds are said to be favourites to land him ahead of their rivals.

If Monaco refuse to do business in January then the newspaper says Klopp is prepared to bide his time and see-out the rest of the season with his current squad as he's confident of finally landing Lemar in the summer.

The Mirror claim that Arsenal had a £90m bid accepted on deadline day as they looked to find a replacement for Man City-bound Alexis Sanchez but Lemar felt it was too late to push through a move so made a decision to stay at Monaco.

Monaco had previously insisted the £90million-rated France star would not be leaving this month, but when questioned by L'Equipe about the possibility of more departures this January, Jardim could offer no guarantees.

"January, in football, never say never, but this is not what we're thinking of, this is really not in our plans", Vasilyev told Sky Sports News chief news reporter Bryan Swanson.

Arsenal attempted to sign Lemar last summer, failing with a bid late in the transfer window, and remain keen on the France worldwide, while Liverpool have been linked following the sale of Philippe Coutinho.