Liverpool’s interest in Nabil Fekir isn’t over and there is a price at which the Reds believe signing the Frenchman is worth the risk, writes ECHO reporter James Pearce.
With just five goals conceded after 12 Premier League games, Liverpool have made a great start to the 2018/19 season.
Only Manchester City have more points in the division, as the champions lead the Reds by just two points, with a few big games on the horizon for the Citizens. Pep Guardiola’s side is still scoring more goals than Liverpool and this is down to a lack of creativity in the middle of the park for the Reds.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s ACL injury in April has proven to be a massive blow to Liverpool and the Nabil Fekir saga in the summer has had an effect on the buildup play seen at Anfield this season.
While Xherdan Shaqiri, who is averaging a goal and assist every 67 minutes for club and country, has added new levels of creativity in midfield, some fans would still like to see a natural no.10 join the club.
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Writing for the Echo, Pearce spoke about the Fekir situation as things stand: “Liverpool’s stance has always been that that deal is absolutely dead in the water and won’t be revisited because of concerns of his knee and how his ACL had been repaired.
“They felt there was a higher than normal chance of it going again. There must be a point where the price would come down when Liverpool would think he would be worth the risk. I don’t know what that level would be but he hasn’t signed a new contract.
“As that contract runs down, the numbers might suddenly be more appealing to Liverpool in terms of the risk-factor. I honestly don’t know the answer to that but Liverpool have always been adamant that that ship has well and truly sailed and won’t be revisited.
“But Klopp is a big fan of Fekir and he hasn’t broken down yet so far this season. With the previously-agreed fee and wages, you’ll talking about a £70million commitment for a player that could miss a year out of the next three or four.
“If that fees come down, it might be worth having another conversation but I wouldn’t be getting Fekir on the back of a shirt anytime soon.”