Nabil Fekir was very close to completing a Liverpool move last summer and his agent has now told L’Equipe that it was not purely due to his knee issues.
The Frenchman was set for a £53million move to Liverpool right before flying off to join his compatriots for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The plug was pulled on the move and fans have been left wondering about what might have been as the Reds have struggled for creativity in central areas.
His agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, has now told L’Equipe: “It is not about staying here [Lyon]. And we will know maybe the real circumstances that prevented Fekir’s move to Liverpool.
“The knee was a part of it, but not only that. He had passed a medical, done photos with the Reds shirt…”
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After Fekir’s move to Liverpool fell through, an alternative wasn’t signed and this could due to the fact that £67million was then spent on signing Alisson.
While the Brazilian has made a huge impact on Liverpool’s defence and he is a superb passer of the ball, there are still questions that need answering in midfield, with a play-maker still required.
Naby Keita has the attributes needed but he has had an odd season, hampered by injury or otherwise spent a lot of his time sat on the bench.
His performance against Southampton, where he was once again denied a penalty, showed that he is more than capable of being the man to create in midfield for Jurgen Klopp.
Scoring his first goal for the club could see the former RB Leipzig man get the proverbial monkey off his back. His celebration was one of enormous relief and was mirrored by supporters at the ground and at home on the couch.
The goal, a huge leap from the 5ft6 midfielder to score at the back post, was not the most impressive part of his game. He constantly wriggled through tight spaces to beat his opposite number and should have been awarded a penalty after Maya Yoshida brought him down in the box.
Liverpool won 3-1 after goals from Salah and Henderson late in the second half but Keita was one of the most impressive players on the park.