Liverpool legend John Barnes has commented on the fresh reports linking Liverpool with a move for long-term target Nabil Fekir.
The attacking midfielder is being spoken about once again this summer as a possible acquisition for the Reds (Le Progres), who almost signed him last year.
Fekir was on the verge of completing a transfer but the plug was reportedly pulled at the medical stage.
Fekir is set to leave Lyon, with club president Jean-Michel Aulas telling the club’s official website: “His preference is towards a departure. We are open to discussions. We have no news. We are waiting for proposals in the coming days but for the moment we do not have any.”
In the eyes of former Reds winger Barnes, it is not a deal Liverpool should be desperate to do.
Speaking to The Sport Review, he said: “Yes, he’d be a good addition to the squad. But as I said, it’s going to be difficult to get into the front three.
“If you look at the way Xherdan Shaqiri played, he could feature as one of the midfield three as well. We’ve still got Adam Lallana. It could be good for the squad but I don’t think we’re desperate to sign anybody.”
Barnes correctly suggests that Liverpool have a strong squad already, however with Premier League rivals Manchester City set to strengthen with deals for Rodri and Joao Cancelo, maybe they could do with a player of Fekir’s quality.
The World Cup winner is a top player capable of scoring goals from attacking midfield and creating chances.
He would be an upgrade on Lallana, and his versatility could be very useful for Jurgen Klopp.