As we all know by now, Liverpool have cancelled Nabil Fekir’s prospective Anfield switch due to medical problems which arose just before we were expected to announce a deal.
The Frenchman’s medical showed issues with his knee that despite Fekir playing almost 80 games over the past two seasons, were enough for Liverpool to pull the plug, much to the dismay of excited supporters.
But we don’t think fans will be quite as disappointed a move for a second playmaker has also fallen through…
The respected Paul Joyce has claimed in the Times that Manuel Lanzini was very high on the shortlist of Coutinho’s replacement options, but his ligament injury has ended our interest.
The Argentinian is sadly out until the New Year, although he was a genuine target and someone Jurgen Klopp had earmarked.
It’s very clear the type of player the manager wants. Fekir and Lanzini are both technical dribblers with a low centre of gravity who can perform both in midfield or in a more attacking role. They can score goals and create them, much like Coutinho did before his exit to Barcelona.
As a result of this, we reckon Klopp and Michael Edwards will turn their attention to a similar kind of player…
For us, Julian Draxler makes sense, although the German once turned us down for PSG, most likely for money, which isn’t a great testament to his character.