Liverpool should sign Nabil Fekir as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho

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Liverpool should target Olympique Lyon’s Nabil Fekir as a like for like alternative to Philippe Coutinho, as the Reds’ 1-0 loss to Swansea proves they need more creativity in midfield.

Despite beating Manchester City 4-3 last week Sunday, Liverpool slumped to a 1-0 defeat in Wales as lowly Swansea ended the Reds’ 18 game unbeaten run in all competitions.

The midfield that Jurgen Klopp selected which featured a trio of Emre Can, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Georginio Wijnaldum was entirely devoid of creativity and penetration.

In Philippe Coutinho’s absence, there was very little incisive passing and next to no service for Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

A man who was excellent this weekend and would help Liverpool is Nabil Fekir. The Frenchman grabbed a goal and assist to help Lyon defeat league leaders Paris Saint-Germain at the Groupama Stadium.

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The goal that Fekir scored to give Lyon the lead over PSG was a fabulous freekick. It was one which sent social media into overdrive, with Liverpool fans reminiscing the days that Fabio Aurelio scored a similar set piece in a Champions League tie against Chelsea in 2009.

While many fans are confident that Liverpool can rely on Adam Lallana this season in place of Coutinho, the Englishman has a rather poor output and is quite inconsistent even if he is enjoyable to watch on the ball.

Lyon’s Fekir has a fantastic return this season, scoring 19 goals and setting up 5 for teammates. For comparison, Coutinho was involved in 20 goals for Liverpool before being sold to Barcelona for £142 million – an output that needs to be replaced.

Fekir is capable of playing as part of a front three or behind as a second striker but given his considerable skillset as a creative player, it seems likely that he would be able to adapt to playing as part of Klopp’s fluid midfield three.

And at 24 years of age, Fekir is heading towards his best years as a footballer and will be able to give his best years as a player to Liverpool. Unfortunately, I don’t think he’s under consideration to be signed at the moment but if he was, I would be over the moon.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

6 COMMENTS

  1. I said already Nabil Fekir is the perfect replacement for Coutinho, his skills, dribbling, shooting ability , freekicks ànd his age of course,captain of Lyon. Lastly I think he is affordable please just buy him.

  2. Nabil Fekir is absolutely sensationnal.
    I’m from Lyon, I support Lyon & Liverpool.
    Fekir is superb. Strong, powerful,gifted, creative .
    Perfect fit for the reds. Spend at least 60M

  3. More a Mohammed Salah replacement. He can play out wide left yes. But most of his goalmouth action is happening with his left foot. It makes more sense for him to cut in from the right then. He could play in one of Coutinho’s roles though drifting in between a front three wherever it fits him. Amazing player though, and he has shown he has gotten over his nasty injury too.

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