Trusted Liverpool correspondent Melissa Reddy writes that the decision to pull out of a £53million deal for Nabil Fekir wasn’t purely about money but about the player’s durability over time as well as other factors.
Supporters were upset when it became clear that the Reds had no intention of returning for the French World Cup winner.
Given how many times Liverpool have made mistakes in the transfer market in the past, there was a feeling that it was just another case of an Anfield official making a mistake.
Yet, the reality was that the likes of Michael Edwards were making mature decisions that would protect the club for years down the line instead of potentially hamper it as has been the case in the past with deals for players like Mario Balotelli.
But when Liverpool’s medical examination of Nabil Fekir “flagged an underlying knee issue” it set off alarm bells.
Crucially, Melissa Reddy writes: “It wasn’t about the France international’s quality, his current fitness or the cost, but his durability over time.”
Obviously, the £53million price tag was a factor – how could it not be? – but Reddy writes that the decision to not sign Fekir was based on previous transfer failings and the work the club has had to put in over the last few years to correct them.
Where Liverpool are now, with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, Jurgen Klopp has a genuinely world class core to work with several stars that are teetering on the edge of pushing into that bracket in a few years.
Seeing as the Reds are top of the Premier League and into the Champions League Round of 16, fans might have already forgiven Klopp for not signing Fekir.