Liverpool are surely unlikely to complete any business with the summer transfer window almost closed.
The Reds have splashed £170m on recruits following Philippe Coutinho’s £140 departure to Barcelona in January. Jurgen Klopp has strengthened his midfield by signing Fabinho and Naby Keita as well as his options in attack by recruiting Xherdan Shaqiri. Liverpool have finally solved their goalkeeping problem by landing Brazil’s number one – Alisson Becker.
Their summer transfer window has been dominated by one man – Lyon captain Nabil Fekir. With the Reds eager to complete their business early, the Frenchman was identified as Klopp’s number one target to replace Coutinho. The prospect of Fekir playing at Anfield had fans licking their lips.
Valued at £54m by Transfermarkt, Fekir netted 18 goals and registered eight assists for his team-mates during an excellent campaign in Ligue 1. He also scored three goals in the Europa League. His performances earned him a place in France’s World Cup squad.
His move to Merseyside seemed a formality after the clubs agreed on a £52m fee for the 25-year-old. Fekir had chosen his squad number and completed an interview with LFCTV before an issue with his knee arose in his medical, and the deal was scrapped.
Liverpool are yet to revive their interest in the playmaker and reports suggest Chelsea will now launch a bid of their own ahead of Thursday’s deadline. Klopp simply cannot let the Blues land his top target.
Fekir is the ideal signing to add creativity to the Liverpool midfield as well as adding valuable cover to Roberto Firmino in the Liverpool attack. An injury to the Brazilian would leave Klopp with only Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke to lead the line – they scored just nine goals between them last season.
It took mistakes from Loris Karius in pre-season for Klopp to finally spend big on a goalkeeper. By launching one final move to sign Fekir, Liverpool would definitely challenge for the Premier League title.
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