According to Dean Jones of Bleacher Report, a deal that would take Nabil Fekir to Liverpool now looks to be progressing once again.
Fekir has been linked with a switch to Anfield for a while now, and after his World Cup winning exploits with France this summer, that deal looks like it could be completed soon.
Fekir will presumably come in as Philippe Coutinho’s belated replacement after the Brazilian was sold to Barcelona in January.
Whilst this wouldn’t quite be a like for like replacement, Fekir plays a similar playmaking game to what Coutinho once offered at Anfield.
However, that is no longer what Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side need to find.
Since selling Countinho, Klopp has adjusted his side’s system in a manner that has allowed it to actually flourish in the Brazilian’s absence.
The Reds’ game is now all about blisteringly fast counterattacks and the rapid, interchangeable movement provided by the front 3 of Mane, Salah and Firmino. As vital as Coutinho’s patient build up and defence splitting passes once were, there is no longer a need for them in this system.
Bringing in a player of that ilk again necessitates taking someone else out. If that is one of the front 3, Liverpool lose some of the pace and running that has served them so well. On the other hand, if Klopp dispenses with a deeper lying or more defensively minded player in order to accommodate Fekir, then that risks upsetting the balance of his side.
Bringing Fekir in as a rotation option to provide competition for places, or as a plan B should Klopp feel the need to alter his system to change a match, would be a great bit of business. The club and Klopp would have to be very clear between themselves that that is the plan though.
Fekir being brought in as an immediate starter doesn’t actually bode well for this team who have been making such impressive progress with their current set up.