The Armenian has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League side, but Lucescu has urged the midfielder to reject the Merseyside club.
Mkhitaryan could join the Reds for £25million, if the club can agree the deal with Shakhtar and the 24-year-old’s third party owners. But Shakhtar boss Lucescu has told Mkhitaryan that he would be making a mistake to throw away Champions League football for Anfield.
“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,” said Lucescu.
“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. We are a strong club with 50,000 passionate supporters every week, and every year we are fighting for the league, the cups and the Champions League.
“The whole team is helping him become the player he is too, because everyone gives him the chance to show up in the penalty area and score the goals that make him wanted. This place is good for him, and he is making a mistake if he thinks there are many teams above this level.”
The Reds are still struggling to finalise a deal due to Mkhitaryan’s complicated ownership.
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