Nabil Fekir suffered following his collapsed move to Liverpool, Lyon manager Bruno Genesio told RMC Sport.

The French midfielder was supposed to replace Philippe Coutinho as the side’s resident play-maker but concerns that were raised by the Liverpool medical staff over the state of his knee forced the Reds into aborting the move.

Ever since the move was called off right before the start of the World Cup in Russia last summer, Klopp has been linked with a resurrection of a deal to sign the Lyon skipper.

Nabil Fekir.

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Speaking to RMC Sport, Bruno Genesio said: “Nabil arrives at the end of a cycle in Lyon. I think he was very frustrated with his non-transfer to Liverpool at the start of the season.

“He certainly did not feel strong enough even to take on this role, which he had endorsed the previous season, in technical relay on the field.”

 

It is easy to see how tough it must have been for Fekir to see a glamorous move to Anfield collapse and then see the side that he would have joined go on and win the Champions League.

Andy Robertson.

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The midfielder would undoubtedly have been a key figure in the road to Madrid but after the agreement between Lyon and Liverpool was torn up, he was resigned to getting back down to work in France.

The last 12 months must have been tough, with injury and a drop in form seeing him recorded lower numbers than in the season before.

It looks pretty clear that the Reds have moved on from their interest in Fekir and are reportedly targeting fellow Ligue 1 star Nicolas Pepe, with a potential deal thought to be worth around £70million.

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