Liverpool legend claims Reds are back in for £53m Lyon star

Oli Fisher

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has made the sensational claim that the Reds are back in for Lyon star Nabil Fekir.

The Reds had been set to unveil Fekir as a summer signing ahead of the World Cup but the £53million deal collapsed at the last minute in strange circumstances with a row emerging over his fee and a long-standing knee injury.

But last week it was suggested, however, that Fekir remains determined to join Liverpool this summer and his stance will force Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas – known for his tough negotiating skills – to discuss a restructured deal.

The Liverpool Echo did suggest that the £66m deal to bring Roma goalkeeper Alisson to Anfield would end Liverpool’s summer business, but Souness has hinted otherwise.

Souness told beIN SPORTS: “[Georginio] Wijnaldum, [James] Milner, Jordan Henderson, [Emre] Can to a lesser extent, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain was a different type, but certainly those four, all workaholics, no real great, cute passers of the ball but very solid citizens.

“I think it is very interesting that he’s [Klopp] bought two [Fabinho and Naby Keita], and I hear today he is back in for Fekir.

“So that tells you he’s not happy with his midfield.

“But if you were looking at Liverpool last year, you don’t have to have too much creativity from your three midfield players when you’ve got those three front players.

“The big danger is you go for more creative players in midfield but do they give you the same level of pressing, intensity the current players offered.

“That’s one for the manager to call, very interesting though.”


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