Transfer periods are referred to as “silly seasons” typically due to the reality of 87.6% of the players linked to clubs having very little chance of leaving their fans most lurid dreams. In truth, ff you’re not Barcelona, Real Madrid or, in certain circumstances, Bayern Munich, you are usually resigned to little more than pressing your face up against the glass in longing at all the shiny transfer targets in the window.
But now, for the first time in a long time, there is an energy surrounding Liverpool’s emergence as a force to be reckoned with in the world of football once again, and Reds fans are starting to set their sights a bit higher.
After stealing a march from the likes of Manchester United and Atletico Madrid in signing Monaco’s Fabinho in what might be one of the fastest Rumour Mongering to Breaking News transfers in TLO history, thoughts have already been turned to the next target: Nabil Fekir.
It would appear that the new signing himself is just as eager to announce the rumored Reds target, with the new signing unexpectedly lending his own voice to the recruitment push for the Lyon captain mere hours after signing his own contract at the club.
When asked whether he would want to partner with his fellow Ligue 1 star at Liverpool, the 24-year-old responded, “Yes.”
”He is a very good player, of international level. In Ligue 1, it is not only this season that he has shown things.
”It’s been a few years of him demonstrating his quality. If he comes, it will be good too.”
Despite reports of a move for the Lyon star essentially being a “done deal” as far as three weeks ago, the player himself has sought to tamp down speculation in the last few days as the two sides presumably continue to haggle behind the scenes.
The wearying tactic of players on the hunting team talking up their transfer target prey is one Liverpool has been used to being on the receiving end of in recent years. Now, as the hunters and not the hunted, suddenly the silly season is starting feel a whole lot like reality.