Liverpool Back To Drawing Board As Nabil Fekir Alternative Already Ruled Out
Liverpool were supposed to be winning this transfer window but all of a sudden things look a bit bleaker for Jurgen Klopp, now he needs a new alternative to Nabil Fekir with one already out of the question.
Last season wasn't bad for Liverpool with their run to the final of the Champions League, a fourth placed finish and transfers for next season already suggesting improvement enough for a battle for next season's title.
Then Jurgen Klopp added Fabinho and things were starting to fall in place. The signing of Nabil Fekir threatened to be the most important piece of the puzzle remaining.
The Champions League final loss to Real Madrid was a stark reminder of how lacking in options the Reds were, especially when Mo Salah left the pitch, due to Philippe Coutinho's sale in January.
So Fekir would have been invaluable as a starter and just to give Klopp more options but the deal fell through just as it seemed inevitable that he would be signing leaving Klopp needing an alternative.
But there is more bad news for Liverpool. According to the Telegraph the Premier League side's second choice was West Ham's Manuel Lanzini but he's expected to be out for a whole season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.
Lanzini did the injury in training with Argentina and he was expected to be an important player for the national team at the World Cup but had to be replaced after his injury.
It means he could miss up to a year and comes as a huge blow to him and West Ham. Either they would have had an excellent player or would have made good money from selling him.
It also means that Liverpool have to reassess their wanted list to replace Coutinho with both their replacements seemingly on the no go list.
Fekir had been chosen as Liverpool's prefered replacement for Coutinho when the Brazilian moved to Barcelona early this year and all looked done but it seems an old injury has changed their mind.
Stoke City forward Xherdan Shaqiri is also believed to be a target but he would be a signing as well as Fekir, Lanzini and now the new alternative, rather than instead of.
Who should Liverpool go for now?