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Speaking to L’Equipe, Nabil Fekir has rubbished speculation explaining the reasons behind his collapsed move to Liverpool, describing them as ‘all lies’.
The Frenchman looked poised to sign for the Reds in the summer of 2018 after the clubs agreed on a reported £53m deal, only for Liverpool to pull the plug after the player underwent a medical at the club.
At the time, it was reported that there were concerns over Fekir’s knee, with the midfielder having sustained a rupture to his anterior cruciate ligament in September 2015.
Now, having joined Real Betis over the summer for a reported fee of £17m, the former Lyon player has spoken out about how the incorrect coverage left him upset, with him seemingly keen to have joined the Anfield outfit.
He claims that his injury was not a concern at the time as he was feeling fit and had been given the clear by French physios at Clairefontaine, which hints that it was a change in heart from Liverpool which denied him a move.
Despite claiming the Champions League and gaining 97 points in the Premier League, some critics have pointed to Liverpool’s lack of creativity in midfield as a reason why they failed to overhaul Manchester City.
Fekir would have undoubtedly provided Jurgen Klopp’s team with a different edge, and may have provided that extra attacking threat that was needed to break teams down, with the Merseyside team ultimately failing to win the league due to drawing too many matches.
The 28-year-old scored 69 and assisted 46 goals in 193 games for Lyon, helping the French side to qualify for the Champions League in four of his six seasons at the club.
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Since selling Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool have lacked a midfielder who is able to thread a pass and unlock a defence and as a result they rely on their front three for creativity, which could prove to be a problem should one of them sustain an injury or lose form.
A midfield playmaker would therefore be a very effective option and given Fekir performed to a high standard in the Champions League last season – with three goals and two assists in six games – the Anfield outfit may consider it an opportunity missed.