For a time, it looked certain Nabil Fekir would join Liverpool. A fee was agreed with Lyon. Personal terms, too. The player had even done his signing day media with the Reds, getting photographed in a Liverpool shirt and talking up his hopes at Anfield.
Then, it all fell apart. Some reports claimed there were issues discovered in the medical, others that there had been drama surrounding family members and his agent that put the Reds off the deal. Whatever the case, Fekir’s transfer to Liverpool collapsed.
Afterwards, he spent one final season at Lyon before moving to Real Betis in a cut-rate €20M deal. Now, after two moderately successful seasons with the Andalusian side, he’s being linked with Liverpool again. Because of course he is.
According to Todofichajes, Liverpool still like the player and Jürgen Klopp has given his personal go ahead to return for the now 27-year-old this summer in a deal that would net Los Verdiblancos between €35-40M. We are skeptical, to put it mildly.
No matter the reasons for Fekir’s Liverpool move collapsing, that it did appears to have been for reasons beyond his talent. Now three years older, his performances at Betis have hardly been so outstanding one imagines they would make Liverpool willing to overlook whatever issues caused the collapse.
It seems more likely that either Fekir, who signed a deal with Betis through 2023, wants a new contract or that Betis are looking to cash in, and either way Liverpool returning for the player makes for a useful story to feed to the press.