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.
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.
Incredible! 💥 Should Liverpool be targeting Nabil Fekir as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho?
Goals: 18 ⚽
Assists: 4 👊🏼pic.twitter.com/jvpdHVRMhv
— Rousing The Kop (@RousingTheKop) January 21, 2018
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.