When Olympique Lyonnais and Liverpool seemingly agreed a deal in the summer of 2018 for Nabil Fekir, fans were naturally excited. A goalscoring midfielder with a Coutinhoesque level of accuracy from free kicks and distance shots? Yes please. For many, he was the key missing piece of the puzzle for Liverpool: but that has now changed. The club went on an imperious seasonal run, and came so close to winning the league. They had to merely settle for the UEFA Champions League.
Now, though, it appears that the six-times winners of the biggest club competition in football have rekindled their interest. With Lyon seemingly open to a sale as they look to rebuild their squad with a new look, the 25-year-old is of great interest to many clubs.
One club being heavily linked with Fekir outside of the Reds were Real Madrid. However, they just signed Eden Hazard, and are unlikely to buy again from Lyon after snapping up Ferland Mendy. Fekir scored 9 goals from midfield in the league last year, from just 29 appearances. With 7 assists, too, he would give Liverpool another attacking spark that – from around January-March – they lacked in league form.
With just a single result separating the Reds from title glory to second place, a signing like Fekir could be the major change they need. With not much expected in terms of squad adjustment, though, if Fekir signs he could be one of just a couple in the door, as Liverpool look to retain their squad rather than add much to it.