Lyon announced via their official Twitter account on Saturday that attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir would be staying with them despite previously being on the verge of signing for Liverpool.
The Ligue 1 outfit explained that talks between the two clubs had not made the significant progress expected, and they were delighted to be keeping their captain who scored 23 goals and provided a further eight assists in 40 appearances in all competitions this term.
It remains to be seen whether the Merseyside outfit, whose fans don’t want a £58.5m man to arrive at Anfield in Fekir’s place, will try to resurrect a deal for the France international, who is likely seen as their Philippe Coutinho replacement.
So, how would missing out on the Frenchman truly impact the Reds? Football FanCast take a look at the potential consequences of the Merseyside club failing to salvage a deal for the Lyon skipper…
If the Reds signed Fekir for around £50m then it would have taken a huge chunk out of the rest of manager Klopp’s summer budget, which has already seen Naby Keita and Fabinho arrive at Anfield in big-money deals.
Signing a new goalkeeper is surely a priority for the German boss following Loris Karius’ horror show in the Champions League final, but AS Roma’s Alisson may have been out of their reach given the Serie A outfit reportedly want £70m for him.
Not having to spend big on Fekir would allow them more scope to meet the Brazilian’s valuation, and finally sort their goalkeeping issue.
If Fekir arrived at Anfield this summer, it surely would have spelt the end for Lallana with the Merseyside outfit following another injury-hit campaign.
The 30-year-old is getting no younger and if the Lyon man signed, he would have been up against him, Gini Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson and James Milner for a spot in the midfield.
However, if the France international doesn’t come then Lallana will be involved more than he perhaps would have been set to during the 2018/19 season, and he could even start regularly in the Coutinho role.
If Fekir signed for Liverpool it would likely be a more attacking midfield player like Lallana that would go, but if he doesn’t, then it could be one of the slightly more defensively-strong individuals that exits – especially if Lallana is going to start.
Anfield fans’ favourite Milner moved to the Reds from Manchester City as he wanted to play regularly, but given he will be competing with Henderson, Fabinho, Keita and Wijnaldum for potentially two spots in the XI – as well as there being plenty of options in full-back areas – he could choose to walk away in order to get more minutes on the pitch.
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