Nabil Fekir says he was ‘very disappointed’ over his failed Liverpool transfer in 2018. The French playmaker wishes things had gone another way.
The Nabil Fekir to Liverpool transfer saga is a memorable one. Fekir looked absolutely set to join the Reds from Lyon – even going as far as posing in a Liverpool shirt.
But things collapsed right at the death, forcing everyone to head into different directions. It was a disappointing moment for everyone, including Fekir.
Nabil Fekir on failed Liverpool transfer
“Of course I was disappointed not to go to Liverpool, very disappointed because Liverpool are a great club,” Fekir told The Times. “I met the coach, Jürgen Klopp, and it went well. After meeting him, I wanted to join Liverpool even more.”
“He’s a good person. It was really difficult to deal with as I really wanted to go to Liverpool. It was a moment that was not easy for me.
“They needed to find a reason for the deal not going through and so they blamed it on the knee.”
Fekir doesn’t believe he actually had a problem with his knee. That’s always been the story out of Liverpool, however.
He’d stick around at Lyon for another year before surprisingly moving to Real Betis in 2019. It was an odd transfer, given Fekir was linked with elite European clubs just a year prior.
That alone suggests there was a problem with completing a transfer – whether it be his knee or something else. Betis, despite being a great club, don’t usually sign top players.
And Fekir has been very good for them since. There’s little doubt that the 28-year-old is a fantastic talent and one who could have shone for Liverpool.
Yet it just wasn’t meant to be. Liverpool moved on and won trophies over the next two years, leaving little regret about the deal. We’d be lying to say we aren’t still curious how it would have gone, though.