The attacker of Real Betis, then in Lyon, was in the middle of a protracted transfer saga when he saw a transfer to Anfield collapse
Nabil Fekir opened his failed move to Liverpool three years ago, while the World Cup winner revealed that it was problems with his agent rather than an injury that condemned a transfer to Lyon.
The Real Betis striker was at the center of a protracted transfer saga, while the Reds tried to wrap him up from Lyon in 2018.
The hope of the French international, who won the World Cup this summer, has apparently been thwarted by a medical problem – but now Fekir says it was his management that eventually sank the exchange.
What was said?
“It was a dark moment,” the 28-year-old said. The times. “I saw a lot of things that were not true. It was said that the knee prevented me from going to Liverpool, but that was not true.
“I’m going to Clairefontaine [France’s football centre near Paris], and they did all the evidence [medical] and the knee was good.
“I had a problem with my agent, my adviser. It was the agent who was responsible for the deal. Of course I was disappointed not to go to Liverpool, very disappointed because Liverpool are an excellent club.”
The bigger picture
In the three years since Fekir – who was the last piece of jigsaw for Jurgen Klopp, after the arrival of Fabinho and Naby Keita that summer – saw his Anfield collapse collapse, he and Liverpool have been in different ways.
After his appearance in the final of the 2018 World Cup, Fekir struggled to match his impressive 2017-18 match for Lyon at home, and was sold to Real Betis the following summer, where he has since fallen into international favor.
The Reds, on the other hand, lifted the Champions League in 2018-19 – which would have been Fekir’s first season with them – before succeeding a first Premier League title a year later in 2020.