Liverpool have no plans to reignite their pursuit of Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir before the transfer window shuts next month, according to the Daily Mail.
‘Fekir to Liverpool’ has been one of the transfer sagas of the summer, but it seems that it has finally reached a conclusion.
The Daily Mail rejects speculation that a deal could still go ahead by claiming that the Reds have not contacted the French club since June 9 when the transfer collapsed.
Fekir was set to join the Reds in a £53m switch, but Liverpool pulled out due to concerns over a knee injury that the midfielder suffered three years ago.
The report adds that manager Jurgen Klopp will not be adding anymore players to the team once Alisson comes through the welcome gates, but will focus on shifting some of the deadwood.
By all accounts, Fekir already had one foot in the door at Anfield, so for the club to withdraw, it must have been serious.
The club have not yet replaced Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona in January, and Fekir seemed to be the right candidate.
Some Liverpool fans would still want a deal to be thrashed out, but from a financial standpoint, it could be detrimental.
Details of the playmaker’s knee problem are unknown, but if there is a significant risk of Fekir experiencing injuries to that area regularly throughout his career then there will be very little sell-on value.
In addition, no club challenging for trophies wants a player who is regularly on the sidelines.
Some Liverpool fans may be disappointed, but in the long run, Klopp may have made the best call.
Let’s not forget, the Merseyside outfit are not exactly lacking in the attacking midfielder department.