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Virgil Van Dijk shows Liverpool’s patient Nabil Fekir talks will pay off

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Virgil Van Dijk shows Liverpool’s patient Nabil Fekir talks will pay off

Liverpool are reported to have re-entered negotiations for Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir, only a matter of weeks after talks broke down with the Ligue Une club over an agreement to sign the French international.

The news comes from the Mirror, who say that talks broke down after Liverpool medics were concerned by the condition of Fekir’s knee when he underwent a medical with the Reds.

Yet again though, it seems that Jurgen Klopp, alongside Michael Edwards, will remain patient and look to return for their top target. It is a policy that has served the club well, having done exactly that in their pursuit of Virgil Van Dijk after the Saints refused to sell and, like with Fekir, Liverpool publicly withdrew their interest.

In the end, only months later in the winter transfer window, Van Dijk became a Liverpool player and it proved to be well worth the wait.

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It’s true that at times early on in the campaign Klopp was desperately lacking another quality option in defence and the decision not to sign an alternative was understandably questioned.


Upon Van Dijk’s arrival, he made an instant impact and became a fixture on the team sheet. If Fekir can do just that, potentially even without having to wait until January to make the move, then it could be a wise ploy.

It is no secret that the German coach wants to find a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, with no-one having stepped into his shoes since he departed for Barcelona. Lacking depth up-front and without a real creative force in midfield, particularly whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is sidelined, it must be a top priority.

Fekir is one of the most attractive options on the market and as Liverpool have shown not only with Van Dijk, but also with Naby Keita, when the Reds identify their top target, they do all they can to get them. So far, it has served them well.

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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