Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot admits he would like to play in the Premier League, and that he was a “big Liverpool fan” growing up.
At just 22, Rabiot is a very forthright character, as he proved in 2015 when he asked PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi for a loan move “if my time on the field is insufficient.”
The Frenchman ultimately seized a key role at Parc des Princes, making 39 appearances in all competitions last season, including 30 starts.
But while he has maintained his prominence in Paris this term, Rabiot would not be averse to a move away from the club in the future.
Speaking to French radio station RMC Sport this week, he revealed his desire to turn out in the English top flight.
And encouragingly, while he stressed he is “happy at PSG,” Rabiot named Liverpool as his favourite club as a child.
“There are a lot of very good leagues. It’s also enriching to go elsewhere, but for the moment I’m happy at PSG,” he explained.
“I would love to play in the Premier League. There’s not necessarily any club in particular, even though when I was young I was a big Liverpool fan.
“Yes, I can understand that my ambition, my impatience can annoy some people.
“But the main thing is that it has been useful to me, today I am here, sometimes you have to dare to say things.”
Though he spent his youth career shifting around, including a short spell with Man City, the midfielder has been on the books with PSG since 2010.
After a productive loan move to Toulouse in 2013, he has proved himself invaluable in Paris, and if he did opt to leave, it is unlikely Liverpool would be alone among those interested.
He is likely to reach the milestone of 200 appearances for the Ligue 1 giants this season, including considerable Champions League experience and, to date, three league titles.
A tall, strong, box-to-box midfielder with an eye for goal, Rabiot would be an excellent addition to any top Premier League side.
And he isn’t content with his current output, either, insisting he needs to “improve on a statistical level, to be more present in front of the goal, to score more, to make more passes.”
“For a box-to-box midfielder, it’s essential to be decisive,” he added.
“I could also make progress in terms of my aerial game in front of goal. There are a lot of things, but I feel that I’m making progress.”
If Rabiot feels his progress isn’t best served at PSG, Jurgen Klopp should jump at the chance to sign the boyhood Red.