Are Liverpool making a mistake by re-igniting their interest in Nabil Fekir?
Liverpool embarked on the summer transfer window in spectacular fashion with the arrivals of Fabinho and Naby Keita. After the Champions League nightmare in Kiev, it was evident that the Reds needed to revamp their midfield and Jurgen Klopp chose to do exactly that.
Lyon captain Nabil Fekir was supposed to be the club’s next big signing and the excitement among the fans was palpable. However, the deal endured an anticlimactic end as the move fell through at the penultimate moment.
As per reports, the deal did not go through because of concerns about Fekir’s long-standing knee issue. After all, Liverpool would have had to shell out a fee in the region of £53m to sign him and it made sense for them to voice their concerns.
But since then, negotiations hit a roadblock and there were also some bizarre rumours about Fekir moving to Manchester United. However, fresh reports suggest that Liverpool might make a renewed attempt to sign him.
The transfer window is far from over and to be fair, the Reds do have a good chance of acquiring his services. But will it be the right move for them?
As things stand, Liverpool currently have a good number of midfield options at their disposal. Besides new arrivals Keita and Fabinho, Klopp has the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson. He also has Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was in great form before picking up a terrible injury towards the end of the last term.
Granted, Liverpool lack a true-blue attacking midfielder and are yet to fill the void created by Philippe Coutinho’s departure to Barcelona in January. But did the Reds really miss the Brazilian?
Most certainly not. If anything, they seemed to perform better without him. The likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino seemed to do just fine. There was a lack of creativity from the middle of the park at times but that should be fixed by the presence of Keita and Fabinho.
That said, Klopp must be on the lookout for a new No.10. But given the circumstances, staying away from Fekir seems like a good option. If his long-term fitness is a concern, the Reds must steer clear of the Frenchman.
Now, they need solid players, who can fight through everything to turn them into solid title contenders next season. Hence, Liverpool must avoid signing Fekir after everything that has happened so far.