Liverpool took a risk in backing out of a deal for Nabil Fekir last summer. Reports this week suggest they were right to do so.

Various outlets believed that Fekir was imminently joining Liverpool in June 2018, the Guardian one of them. A £53m fee was agreed on and all looked good – until Liverpool backed out.

Nabil Fekir.

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It was a real risk to leave Fekir in Lyon. As it turned out, Liverpool had no alternative and it was the Frenchman or nothing.

They went with nothing and, subsequently, had one of the greatest ever seasons, finishing as champions of Europe.

Nabil Fekir.

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But that was only proof that Liverpool didn’t need a new player; that any no.10 signing was a luxury or a bonus. There was still the fact that Fekir is a player considered talented enough to discuss a £53m transfer over.

 

Would he go on to have a great career elsewhere? Would he have been the difference between 1st and 2nd? He very well could have gone on to be a real regret for Liverpool as a player who would have improved the squad.

Nabil Fekir.

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Reports this week suggest that isn’t the case, though. Le Parisien say that Lyon are actively trying to sell Fekir and have instructed agents to find clubs.

But, so far, there have been no offers. With that news, Liverpool certainly appear to be proven right over their risk to leave Fekir at Lyon and go with what they had.

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