Liverpool target Mkhitaryan warned off Reds move by Shakhtar boss

Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has revealed he understands why Henrikh Mkhitaryan wants to move on from the Ukraine club, but has warned the midfielder that Liverpool are not a step up from his current employers, according to the Daily Mirror.

Liverpool are said to be mired in complex negotiations with the Armenia international’s various owners but a £25m move was claimed to be near to completion in the Russian press. However, Lucescu believes Mkhitaryan should have loftier ambitions for his post-Shakhtar career than a move to Brendan Rodgers’ side.

It is his decision, his desire, but there is still time for him to change his mind, because I think he is making a big mistake,” Lucescu said.

I can understand the urge to leave if he has a chance to go to a club that surpasses Shakhtar, like Barcelona or Real Madrid, but not many clubs are beyond our level – not clubs like Liverpool or Tottenham.

Lucescu added that Shakhtar are a club with a wide fan base, and also are regulars in the Champions League and well-placed for domestic trophies too – whereas neither Tottenham nor Liverpool have qualified for next season’s Champions League, with Liverpool missing out on European football altogether.

The Mirror however understands Mkhitaryan has made up his mind on a move to Anfield, with Liverpool now attempting to unravel the terms of his third-party ownership in order to complete the move to the satisfaction of Premier League rules and regulations.

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