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Nabil Fekir is Philippe Coutinho’s natural successor at Liverpool

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Nabil Fekir is Philippe Coutinho’s natural successor at Liverpool

As Liverpool’s Premier League form tails off it’s clear that Jurgen Klopp has made the same mistake for a second season running. Again, he refused to reinforce his squad in every department in January and again his team are paying the price for a lack of depth. With one eye on the summer, Nabil Fekir could be the answer.

The departure of Philippe Coutinho has left the Reds looking shallow in the middle of the park and injuries to Emre Can and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have only worsened the situation.

Now reports from French radio station RMC Sport indicate that the club have agreed a fee with Lyon to sign their captain, Nabil Fekir, this summer in what would seemingly be a replacement six months after the Brazilian departed for Barcelona. The reports indicate that a 70 million euro fee has been agreed with a five year contract for the attacker.

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Goal correspondent Neil Jones says that he does not believe the club have even made a bid for the 24-year-old, but he could be an ideal player for Liverpool to target.

Operating in behind a front line or out wide, much like Coutinho did, Fekir has been involved in 29 goals in 37 appearances, scoring 22 of them and showing that he may be a more prolific option than the former Liverpool man.

Fekir’s creativity is exactly what Klopp has been lacking, particularly since injury to Oxlade-Chamberlain, and such a signing would be the perfect complement to his current Liverpool squad if he wants them to push on to the next level next season in the Premier League.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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