Nabil Fekir was one of Liverpool’s main targets this summer. As reported by the Telegraph, Liverpool were extremely close to agreeing a £53 million move for the Frenchman this summer. It seems Liverpool flinched at his medical results, likely related to his serious knee injury in 2015.
With Liverpool needing money to ensure they snapped up Roma goalkeeper Alisson, it was clearly decided they could cope without the signature of Fekir.
His stats so far this season suggest that was a mistake. Fekir has four goals and four assists from 10 games this term. The supremely talented forward would have been a brilliant addition based on talent alone.
However, his injury record this campaign suggests Liverpool were right.
Fekir has had five separate instances where he has been out injured this season. The start of the campaign was missed as he carried a knock from the World Cup. He missed a game with Dijon with an ankle injury in September. He then missed three games last month and the international break with France, again with ankle trouble. Fekir then missed Lyon’s most recent outing with Guingamp, suffering from ‘muscle fatigue’.
He is with the French national team on the current international break but has missed the early training sessions with the latest injury.
None of the above are massive injuries and Fekir will still have a good season at Lyon. However, Liverpool were clearly right to have some fears. Spending £53 million on a player who is consistently falling absent to niggling injuries would not have been good business.
If he can find a consistent run of fitness, then Liverpool should consider a return. But right now, it looks like they made the right judgement call.