If there were any doubts about the status of the Loic Remy deal after journalists with ties to the club reported a heart issue had prevented the striker from passing his medical and Liverpool had backed out of the deal, Brendan Rodgers' post-match comments following a 1-0 victory over Olympiacos served as official confirmation.
"It's very simple," began Rodgers when asked about Remy at his post-match press conference. "We've made a decision as a club not to go ahead with the deal. It's unfortunate for the player. It's something that has happened before, and it's happened here. We're disappointed but there's nothing more to be said and we will move on and look at other targets."
Liverpool knew heading in that Remy had previously been diagnosed with a heart condition, but it was not believed to be serious enough to prevent the transfer going through. However, following a consultation with a specialist, it was determined that Remy's condition was such the player could not have been insured by the club.
Normally, clubs insure players against catastrophic, career-ending injuries. They wouldn't have been able in insure Remy. Taking wages into account, that would mean a worst case scenario where the club could have ended up losing upwards of £25M on the French striker had they gone ahead with the deal despite his failed medical.
Liverpool are now expected to seek out two fullback signings before the close of the window and, following the falling through of the Remy deal yesterday, another striker. Wilfried Bony and Alexandre Lacazette were the two strikers last linked to the club before it became clear Remy had become Brendan Rodgers' top target.
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