Date: 2nd September 2017 at 12:40pm
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Liverpool have reportedly already been linked with a January swoop for France international forward Thomas Lemar, according to L’Equipe.

The Premier League side, who thrashed Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield last time out, failed to complete a Deadline Day swoop for the AS Monaco winger, who was also a long-term Gunners target.

The 21-year-old, who has six international caps for his country and scored a brace for France against the Netherlands on Thursday night, has provided two assists in five games already this campaign for the defending Ligue 1 champions.

Lemar, who netted 14 goals in all competitions last season for Monaco, was the subject of a last-gasp £82m club-record bid from The Reds before Thursday’s 23:00 deadline.

Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.

Liverpool’s offer was considerably less than Arsenal’s, thought to be £92m, but the player snubbed both Premier League outfits to focus on France’s immediate 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture, as well as his future with Monaco.

However, the report already suggests Jurgen Klopp’s side are ready to reignite their interest in the winger come the January transfer window, with Liverpool viewing Lemar as a long-term replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who was heavily linked with a move to FC Barcelona this summer.

Lemar has netted 19 goals in 94 games overall for Monaco.

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