Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Liverpool reignite interest in a former transfer target

Liverpool sit on the top the Premier League table but Jurgen Klopp looks at further additions to his already impressive squad to secure the English crown.

The race for the Premier League title got more interesting after the mid-week fixtures. With Guardiola’s City beating Liverpool, the gap is back to 4 points. The Reds, who were hailed for their incredible business in the summer, might consider another signing to cement their position at the top. And they knock the door of Aulas’ Lyon in an attempt to lure their talisman into reconsidering a move across the English Channel.

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Fekir’s Liverpool dream alive?

Nabil Fekir stayed with Lyon in the summer after his proposed move to Liverpool fell through. He looked set to stay until the end of the season at least, although he has just 18 months remaining on his contract. Club President, Jean Michel Aulas, had also suggested that the Frenchman could sign a new deal. But just days into the January transfer window, he has been suspiciously omitted from the squad for the clash with fifth-tier Bourges Foot.

According to Qatari source Alkass Channel, the Reds are keen to conclude a deal for long-term target this January. The report also suggests that Aulas is also keen to move him on because of his unwillingness to sign a new contract. The 25-year old’s contracts expires during the summer of 2020. With fellow English side, Chelsea, also looking at the attacker, Aulas will have a decision to make.

Souness on Fekir

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp needs a new attacking midfielder according to Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness. “I think it’s plain that Jurgen sees that’s an area that he needs to strengthen,” he said on Sky Sports. “He signed two and tried to get Fekir from Lyon. That would have been three midfield players he would have got from the start of the season, [but] they didn’t get him.”

A leaked image showing Fekir’s first interview as a Liverpool player before the move ultimately broke down.

“The midfield they’ve got now are all workaholics. They’re not blessed with cute and clever passing, okay when [Xherdan] Shaqiri comes in he gives him that. I think it is a position that they can strengthen in.”

If you’ve got that front three up front, all you have to do is get the ball to them as quick and as early as you can and as accurately as you can and they will hurt people. But you need to have a really creative midfield behind those.”

Author’s take

Fekir to Liverpool is a tough one to call. A squad like Liverpool’s is not easy to improve given the existing quality. And despite an improvement in the Shot numbers, his expected goal and assist numbers have fallen considerably compared to his last two seasons. I don’t see Liverpool bringing him in this January. If they do, it is definitely not worth it considering Naby Keita is already available and yet to show his potential at Anfield.

 







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