Liverpool Echo reporter Ian Doyle commented on Jurgen Klopp’s search for a new attacking midfielder 10 months after Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona.
The Brazilian made the switch to Spain in January, earning the Reds a whopping £142m but leaving Klopp with an issue in the centre of the park that was plastered over by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s form last season.
The arrival of Virgil van Dijk for £75m has also done a lot to provide more balance for the Merseyside outfit but since the Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid, there has been a real lack of creativity in the centre of the park.
Nabil Fekir almost joined Liverpool in the summer but his move fell through at the last minute and it’s still unclear whether or not the Reds will return for him or sign a similar player in January.
When asked if Nabil Fekir to Liverpool is still on the cards or if an alternative is on the cards, Liverpool Echo reporter Ian Doyle replied: “Who know? It might even still be Fekir, although I’d be a little bit surprised if that’s the case come January.
“What happened with his deal in the summer is a shame – we all know how close he was to joining Liverpool – and he’d have made a positive difference to the Reds, whether that was easing the load across the front three or, as would be more likely, an attacking midfield role.
“Will Klopp seek a replacement? The long-term answer has to be yes. Klopp identified a shortcoming in his squad and the right player. He went back for Van Dijk and kept his nerve over Alisson.
“It’s not likely he’ll go back for Fekir, but he will certainly be keen on a player of the same ilk. It maybe would have been Oxlade-Chamberlain, but strength in depth is required regardless.”