Scott Groom explains why Liverpool supporters should remain patient after a deal for Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir fell through. 

There’s no getting away from it – Liverpool’s move for Nabil Fkir was and still is a bit of an enigma. Will he? Won’t he? Who knows? One thing we do know is that fans have lost their minds about it.

Social media has been something of a revelation in recent times in order for fans and clubs to interact in ways never previously imagined, but it’s also become a place where fans can become so detached from rhyme and reason that they descend into chaos.

Within minutes of news breaking that Liverpool had pulled out of negotiations for the Lyon attacker, Twitter had spiralled well and truly out of control.

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From a breeding ground of excitement and optimism on ‘Fekir Friday’ to dismay and depravity over the weekend, Liverpool fans had pulled a full 180 and the mood among them was toxic.

The overwhelming sense of impending doom was crippling – and suddenly Liverpool’s whole transfer committee was devil spawn after calls to knight them only hours earlier.

It must be said that, to an extent, I can understand where fans are coming from. Fékir is an exciting prospect and a player I was looking forward to seeing in Red and learning more about. But the deal is not dead – and neither is the transfer window.

We all thought things with Van dijk were totally off the cards and look what happened there. That was a far more complex issue. So there’s reason to not go all doom and gloom.


Another good thing is that this has happened right at the start of the transfer window. We’re not even in July. You wouldn’t write a season off in September after suffering your first loss of the season, so why are we doing so in terms of transfers at the first setback?

Jürgen Klopp, Michael Edwards and co. have weeks and weeks to either convince Lyon to do a deal for Fékir or to move on to a plan B – which before you tell me there isn’t, there definitely will be and it’s not Xherdan Shaqiri.

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Look at previous signings for further explanation if you still need convincing: Mané was an alternative to Götze. Robertson was an alternative to Sessegnon. They’ve not done so badly, have they?

We should also look to deals for Naby Keïta and again at van Dijk for examples of Klopp’s patience and persistence being rewarded. Both deals looked dead in the water for van Dijk to join over Christmas and Keita to finally become a Red in July this year

Liverpool have pulling power. Klopp. Last season’s Champions League run. Impressive footballing style. Adorning fans. There are few places in world football that have such a good feeling surrounding them right now than Liverpool Football Club. So why the crushing negativity from some fans?

Good things come to those who wait as the saying goes, so why don’t we wait to see what else the rest of the summer brings us? Heck, there might just be a few more Fabinho-style surprises in store, and I’d be more than happy with that!

The point I’m trying to make is that we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Things can change so quickly in football and there’s always so much that can happen in such a short space of time and we should remember that.

What happened to turning doubters into believers?

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