LIVERPOOL did not revisit a deal for Nabil Fekir because of the financial gamble they would have been taking on the attacker.
Liverpool chose not to revisit a deal for Nabil Fekir after the World Cup (Image: GETTY)
That’s according to the Liverpool Echo.
The Reds made four summer signings but were long expected to add Lyon play-maker Fekir to their list of incomings.
The France international, a member of the World Cup-winning squad in Russia, had agreed a five-year deal to join Liverpool on the eve of the World Cup.
But with a deal on the verge of completion, Liverpool pulled the plug late on due to concerns over an old knee injury that Fekir suffered three years ago.
From their medical results, Liverpool believed the quality of the surgery done to repair the issue to have been questionable and felt Fekir was at risk of another lengthy spell out injured later down the line.
Given that the Merseyside club would have paid £53million - £48.4m up-front with £4.4m extra in add-ons - to sign him and put him on a contract worth over £100,000-a-week, the Echo say that club insiders felt the risk to be too get.
Fekir’s transfer was so advanced that he had agreed all personal terms and even conducted media duties with Liverpool’s in-house television channel over in Paris just hours before he flew out to Russia for the World Cup.
But while it was widely suggested that Jurgen Klopp would revisit a move for Fekir later on in the window and look to restructure the previously-agreed deal with even the player’s agent Jean-Pierre Bernes telling French television that the saga was “not over” a week later.
Nabil Fekir returned to Lyon training this week (Image: GETTY)
Nabil Fekir will stay at Lyon for the 2018-19 campaign (Image: GETTY)
Yet Liverpool did not speak to Lyon after talks collapsed on June 8 even though Fekir had been mentioned as the ideal replacement at No 10 for Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona back in January for £142m.
Fekir - who scored 23 goals and provided nine assists last year - was subsequently linked to Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea but none of those clubs approached Lyon.
And the Echo add that Klopp never entertained the pursuit of an alternative attacking midfielder and that it was his decision to stick with his options in central midfield despite the loss of Emre Can and knowing that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would miss the entire 2018-19 campaign through injury.
Nabil Fekir was a World Cup winner with France last month (Image: GETTY)
Jurgen Klopp opted against going back in for Fekir or any other No 10 for that matter (Image: GETTY)
Liverpool have added Fabinho and Naby Keita to their options in the middle while Xherdan Shaqiri has operated in a play-making role at times in pre-season.
Georginio Wijnaldum could also return to an attacking role having taken up a more withdrawn box-to-box position in his time at the club while Adam Lallana started just one league game last term because of injuries and will hope to play a more important part this season.
Liverpool start their season at home to West Ham United tomorrow (1.30pm).