The Champions League final is fast-approaching but let’s take a quick break from the build-up in Kiev to have a glance into Liverpool’s future, beyond Thunderdome. A near-future vision of Nabil Fekir bringing back “the lean.”
On top of whatever funds FSG were going to have available this summer, an addition £70 million is expected to be awarded to the club for making it to the big final against Real Madrid.
Jürgen Klopp’s wildly successful project on Merseyside already sells itself to prospective recruits. The manager is well-regarded by his players and the joy with which Liverpool are playing their dominant football has got to be pretty attractive to potential targets.
Naby Keita is already packing for Melwood, traveling from RB Leipzig to stake his claim in Klopp’s midfield next season. Now, Klopp’s top target for the summer is Lyon’s Nabil Fekir, an attacking midfielder who has had an impressive season captaining his club in France, scoring 23 goals in Ligue 1 and providing nine assists for his team.
Would he sign up with Klopp and the boys for a future of winning?
“Why not? Later there can be discussions with the president, with my entourage, to make a decision,” said Fekir. “In life, nothing can be forbidden.”
Come and get me.
Liverpool are expected to make their pursuit of Fekir official after the confetti of the Champions League final settles. And the Frenchman may be happy to know that at least one Red knows all about his quality.
“He is a top player,” said Sadio Mané. “We would be happy seeing him with us. If he comes he’ll do great things with us. Yes, it will be like fire if he comes.”
What comes next will be a surge of high-caliber players being linked to Liverpool. The club have the mojo going in world football. Super players want to be a part of what Klopp is doing. They want to play with the same freedom and intensity that the Liverpool players enjoy.
Liverpool winning the Champions League will be candy on the top of a cake made entirely of candy. This season has been a monster of entertainment for Red’s supporters, a wild ride that ends with the final of finals on Saturday in Kiev. And hopefully a party to end all parties when Liverpool win the thing. And then, “Hello, Nabil? This is Jürgen. Every hear of candy cake?”