Mark Lawrenson has this afternoon suggested that former club Liverpool should consider reigniting their chase of Lyon star Nabil Fekir this summer.
Fekir’s rise to prominence
Fekir, a versatile attacker/midfielder who can play anywhere across the frontline or in an attacking midfield role, first broke into the first-team ranks of Lyon in 2013, having come up through the club’s youth system.
And the gifted Frenchman subsequently went on to establish himself as both the standout performer and captain of the Ligue 1 giants over the years that followed, with his performances last season in particular having caught the eye of a number of European heavyweights.
All told, Fekir racked up an impressive 23 goals and 8 assists across all competitions.
However, much to the dismay of the Reds’ faithful, in the end, their side’s move for Fekir collapsed. An apparent last-minute ‘transfer fee change’ saw Lyon pull the plug on negotiations with the board at Anfield.
As a result, Fekir has since remained at the Groupama Stadium.
‘Bringing in someone with a bit more creativity’
But, on the back of claims that the 25-year-old will be given the green light to finally secure a big-money move away from his long-time club this summer, outlets in England have suggested that Liverpool could yet reignite their chase of Fekir.
And one individual who feels as though Jurgen Klopp’s side would greatly benefit from a player of the ilk of the Frenchman is Mark Lawrenson.
Speaking in an interview with BBC Sport, former Reds’ defender Lawrenson explained:
‘It is difficult to look through the Liverpool team and say they need to sign this or that to make sure it is a different story next year.’
‘You might argue that they don’t really need any one position desperately, but I think it would be nice if they could get an attacking midfield player, of the sort they have not had since Philippe Coutinho left for Barcelona in January 2018.’
‘A criticism I heard a lot, particularly earlier in the season, was that with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sidelined, all of Liverpool’s midfielders were too similar, and not good enough at opening up defences.’
‘I am talking about bringing in someone with a bit more creativity, like Lyon’s Nabil Fekir, who they were going to buy last summer until the move fell through.’
‘The way the season has gone, you could not say they have missed him, but in future, they will have to look at having more ways to win games, especially against teams who just sit in.’