Liverpool came agonisingly close to signing Lyon captain Nabil Fekir last summer for £53million but ultimately pulled out of the deal over fitness concerns.

The Frenchman was considered to be the best available like for like replacement for Philippe Coutinho who had completed a £142million move to Barcelona just six months prior.

Anfield physios, however, informed the club that signing Fekir was a risk given his history with serious knee injuries and the Reds pulled out of the deal at the eleventh hour.

LYON, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 27: Nabil Fekir of Olympique Lyonnais reacts during the Group F match of the UEFA Champions League between Olympique Lyonnais and Manchester City at Groupama Stadium on November 27, 2018 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Liverpool fans still hold faint hopes that the 25-year-old can come in and he has now spoken out on his future, saying: “Rumours are a part of the transfer window. It’s normal.


“I feel good here. My goal is to win a title with Lyon. Either way, I give my all.”

I would still love to see Fekir sign for the club but the decision to not sign him is a wise one that could have proved costly in the long term but Liverpool must now prioritise signing a creative midfielder in the summer.

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