Nabil Fekir admits he wants to prove his talent after failing to seal a summer move to Liverpool.
The Frenchman was on target on Wednesday night as Lyon pulled off a surprise 2-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad in their Champions League Group Stage opener.
Fekir put his side 2-0 up shortly before half-time with a superb low strike from outside the box after he had done excellently to snatch the ball from Fernandinho.
It proved a reminder of why Jurgen Klopp was keen to add him to his ranks, with the World Cup winner displaying the kind of high press that has become so important to Liverpool’s approach.
The Reds came incredibly close to signing Fekir back in July, only to pull out of the deal following unnerving results from his medical.
Asked about seeking revenge, Fekir told Viasport Fotball: “We are very happy to win in this stadium. It is not an easy game and Manchester City are a very good team.”
“It was not revenge. I want to prove I’m a good player but the most important thing is the group.”
.@NabilFekir: – I want to prove I'm a good player.
— Viasport Fotball (@ViasportFotball) September 19, 2018
Both a £53million deal and personal terms had been agreed ahead of a proposed move to Anfield for Fekir, who went as far as conducting interviews with Liverpool’s media department.
The move was eventually scuppered when the playmaker’s medical left Liverpool concerned with an underlying knee problem, dating back to his ACL injury back in 2015.
Despite suggestions the deal would be revived following his return from the World Cup, the Reds subsequently displayed no signs of altering their stance.