Pepe has been regularly linked with a summer move to Merseyside in the French press, though these have been vehemently denied in the local media.

ESPN‘s Melissa Reddy responded to claims of talks between Liverpool and Lille over a big-money deal towards the end of June, quoting a club source as describing these as “pure lies.”

But in an interview with RMC Sport, Lopez has confirmed that Liverpool have been in talks with Pepe through his agent—however, not with Lille.

“I know there have been discussions with the player, not with us as a club,” he explained.

“Liverpool have players in those positions, and I read that maybe there were players who [will] leave, or not.

“I am not particularly focused on Liverpool, but it is true that there have been discussions with agents.”