Maybe one thing.
But while Liverpool supporters will be justified in shedding tears of self-pity at the misfortune suffered during this useless period of irrelevant football, news of more “leaked” details around the failed transfer Nabil Fekir thankfully won’t be a part of it.
The story began—as most rumors tend to—with a leap of imagination, when a Liverpool fan noticed a hidden private video on the club’s Youtube channel, sparking speculation that it could be—nay had to be—unreleased footage from the Lyon star’s intro interview said to have been conducted before the move fell through.
Soon after, captioned footage from the alleged video clip conveniently happened to surface, sending the Twitterverse into a frenzy as the scabbed wounds that Red supporters had thought healed were torn open anew and there followed much weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Thankfully, the clever Photoshop prankster(s) pulled the plug on themselves, posting a clip on social media, trolling the gullible fans who bought the hoax hook, line and sinker.
That being said, the whole affair has provided the Liverpool fandom with the opportunity resurface the debate around whether to play the risk and go back in for the French star in January.
Although the medical that revealed the Lyon star’s dodgy ACL rehabilitation ultimately killed Liverpool’s interest, the tactical role he was set to perform in Jürgen Klopp’s plans is yet to be filled. Sadio Mané may currently wear the no. 10 shirt for Liverpool, but it’s clear that the Reds are in need of a true string-puller in the center of the park.
Despite sitting joint top of the table after eight games to the tune of 15 goals, an industrious midfield and the league’s best defense, observers will have noted the lack of the same cutting edge in attack that has thrilled in the Klopp era.
The sale of Philippe Coutinho and the long-term injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has meant that there is no one in the squad to operate in the catalytic attacking role both last season and that a healthy Adam Lallana performed in the 2016-17 campaign.
Fekir, who could be described as a blend of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s powerful directness and Coutinho’s penchant for the spectacular, could be worth some contingency-heavy outlay come the winter window to bolster Liverpool’s push domestically and in Europe.
Let’s monger some rumors.