Liverpool have coped with the departure of Philippe Coutinho remarkably well, but reports in the British media suggest that Jurgen Klopp will not be satisfied until he has sourced a replacement.
The suggestion that Liverpool still need to replace their former Brazilian playmaker is slowly becoming a thing of the past following a string of exceptional performances from Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Switzerland international has been electric in the number ten role and the summer signing is already beginning to look like an absolute stroke of genius by the Reds, and a recent report from the Daily Express will give Klopp further reason to abandon his pursuit of an attacking midfielder.
Indeed, the report claims that long-term transfer target Piotr Zielinski is poised to sign a new contract with Napoli, with talks already underway following his impressive start to the season.
The setback will arrive as a blow for Liverpool in their search for a new attacking midfielder, and it’s a development which should force them to reignite their interest in Nabil Fekir.
The France international seemed certain to be heading to Anfield in the summer transfer window until a potential deal appeared to collapse at the eleventh hour, but he has put his transfer disappointment behind him and started the season in inspired form.
Fekir (valued at £58.5 million by Transfermarkt) has been a shining light in Lyon’s attacking midfield and he has already notched three goals and provided three assists from 8 appearances in all-competitions, including a goal and an assist during a 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Whilst Shaqiri is playing with such intensity and class it’s difficult to see why Klopp would pursue the services of another attacking midfielder but, squad dynamics are prone to sudden and rapid change, so there’s no doubt that Fekir should be firmly on the club’s radar now that Zielinski looks destined to put pen to paper on a new deal with Napoli.
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