Wednesday, September 22

Nabil Fekir names agent responsible for Liverpool’s failed move

Nabil Fekir confirms agent was behind Liverpool's failed trade

Nabil Fekir rejects claims that his knee prevented him from moving at Liverpool; blame the agent

“It was a dark moment. I saw many things that were not true. It was said that the knee prevented me from going to Liverpool, but it was not true. I went to clairefontaine [France’s football centre near Paris], and did the whole test [medical] and the knee was fine.

I had a problem with my agent, my advisor. He was the agent responsible for the deal not going through. Of course I was disappointed not to go to Liverpool, very disappointed because Liverpool is a great club ”. [quotes from The Times via Liverpool Echo]

Three years after a Liverpool dream move was shattered, Real Betis French international midfielder Nabil Fekir spoke about the true circumstances behind his failed transfer of Olympique Lyonnais from his hometown to Liverpool in the summer before the 2018-19 season, citing that his agent, not his knee, was the main cause of his missed opportunity.

Nabil Fekir

Lyon’s Nabil Fekir (18) scores his first goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Everton FC and Olympique Lyon at Goodison Park on October 19, 2017 in Liverpool, UK . (Photo by Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images)

Fekir, a favorite son of Lyon, earned a great reputation in France after graduating from Les Gones’ academy in 2013-14, and then would record 69 goals and 46 assists in 193 appearances, good enough for a combined goal / game contribution of ~ .60 throughout his career in France.

Although it is true that Fekir had suffered at the hands of the injury bug While at Lyon, particularly a ruptured cruciate ligament in 2015-16 that caused him to miss a total of 39 games before returning to top form, his rejection of the idea that his knee prevented him from securing a big move to Anfield is storytelling.

The one who got away through Liverpool

In a summer that saw a great recruit for Liverpool in 2018, the Reds were sure to secure Fekir after completing moves for AS Monaco’s Fabinho and the long-awaited move for RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita.

Fekir was seen as the heir to Coutinho, who had left in January of the same year for his move to Barcelona, ​​and the Frenchman was seen as the ideal candidate to replace him and allow tactical continuity in the first team. created by Jürgen Klopp.

But unfortunately for Fekir and Liverpool, the move did not go like this, and the player would go to La Liga’s Real Betis the following summer without ever reaching the same heights (at least statistically) that saw him flood the collective consciousness of football across Europe. .

Despite his relative disgrace, English eyes are still on the product of France, and Fekir is linked to the rumored interest from Arsenal this summer. Now 28, and in the prime of his career, there is still time for Nabil Fekir to play for one of Europe’s elites and rebuild a profile that was once the most sought after across the continent.

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# Team MP D P
1 Tottenham Hotspur 3 3 9
2 West Ham United 3 5 7
3 United manchester 3 5 7
4 Chelsea Football Club 3 5 7
5 Liverpool FC 3 5 7
6 Everton FC 3 4 7
7 Manchester city 3 9 6
8 Brighton and Hove Albion 3 1 6
9 Leicester City 3 -1 6
10 Brentford fc 3 2 5
eleven Aston Villa 3 1 4
12 Watford FC 3 -2 3
13 Southampton FC 3 -2 2
14 crystal Palace 3 -3 2
fifteen Leeds United 3 -4 2
sixteen FC Burnley 3 -3 1
17 Newcastle united 3 -4 1
18 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 -3 0
19 Norwich city 3 -9 0
twenty Arsenal FC 3 -9 0
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Fernandes, Bruno United manchester 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Greenwood, Mason United manchester 3
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 2
Benrahma said West Ham United 2
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 2
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 2
Fornals, Pablo West Ham United 2
Torres, Ferran Manchester city 2
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 2
Wilson, Callum Newcastle united 2
Maupay, Neal Brighton and Hove Albion 2
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 2
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 2
Gallagher, Conor crystal Palace 2
Jesus, Gabriel Manchester city 1
James, Reece Chelsea Football Club 1
Doucoure, Abdoulaye Everton FC 1
Mahrez, Riyadh Manchester city 1

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