James Pearce has revealed the reason why Liverpool refused to resurrect a deal for Nabil Fekir this summer.
Despite a £175million outlay being sanctioned on Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keïta and Xherdan Shaqiri, there is a surprising number of supporters that believe that the Reds cannot call this summer a success.
This is due to the fact that Jürgen Klopp didn’t sign a new no.10 and that the backline is a couple injuries away from Nat Philipps starting with Ragnar Klavan.
And while there has been a lot of speculation about the reason why Liverpool pulled out of a deal for Fekir, James Pearce has confirmed that it was due to the financial risk of signing a player liable to serious injury.
Pearce wrote for the Echo: ” In truth, the Reds’ pursuit of the France international ended on June 8 and wasn’t re-ignited.
“With the £53million deal agreed, personal terms sorted, club media duties in the can and an announcement pencilled in, Liverpool dramatically pulled the plug due to concerns over scans on his knee taken during his medical in Paris.
“Fekir was fit to play as underlined by his participation in France’s triumphant World Cup campaign in Russia. But the Reds ultimately decided that it was just too much of a gamble considering the financial commitment at stake.
“It wasn’t just the fee, they also had to factor in a five-year deal in excess of £100,000 per week. Fekir had suffered a serious knee injury in 2015 and Liverpool feared there was a high risk of him aggravating it and enduring another lengthy spell on the sidelines.”