Nabil Fekir almost joined Liverpool for £53million last year but a move fell through and the Reds have shown considerable strength by not making a risky move to sign him.
There is no questioning the Lyon playmaker’s ability; in the last two seasons, he has scored or assisted 51 goals in Ligue 1, the Champions League and the Europa League.
Not a single Liverpool midfielder has come anywhere near that kind prolificacy.
However, when it emerged that the 26-year-old has an underlying knee issue Liverpool abandoned a marquee move and went into the 2018/19 season without a recognised no.10.
Now, with the London Evening Standard reporting that Fekir is close to joining Real Betis for £22.6m, it seems as though his ties to Liverpool are almost at end which speaks volumes about the Merseyside outfits transfer policy.
Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have been borderline flawless in the market and the German’s ability to turn new arrivals into world-class players has seen the Reds transformed into European Champions.
When Brendan Rodgers was in charge of Liverpool, the summer transfer window was almost as damaging as it was helpful with the Northern Irishman’s recruitment dubious at best.
His purchase of Mario Balotelli was a disaster as he failed to capitalise on his side finishing second in the Premier League the season before.
While Liverpool seem unlikely to make any signings this summer, it speaks volumes that the Reds could still be the strongest team in the Premier League and even Europe.