Liverpool & Lyon’s Nabil Fekir
Liverpool fans. Here we go again!
In a maddening case of Groundhog Day, rumours linking Liverpool to Lyon’s Nabil Fekir are back.
For anyone with a poor memory, Liverpool were reportedly on the verge of signing Fekir last summer.
Indeed, rumours circulated twelve months ago that Fekir had agreed to join Liverpool before the transfer eventually collapsed.
So what’s the latest updates?
Before Liverpool fans shake their heads at the Fekir to Anfield rumours, it’s worth noting that two reporters have posted updates on the topic in recent hours.
First, Nicolò Schira, who writes for Gazzetta dello Sport, claimed that “Jurgen Klopp has reignited his interest in Nabil Fekir”.
Schira also reported that Liverpool have actually “offered to Fekir a contract until 2024 by €4m at year.”
As to the player’s price tag, Lyon are holding out for Liverpool to bid to €50 million.
Jurgen #Klopp has reignited his interest in Nabil #Fekir and he would buy him from #OlympiqueLyon. Aulas wants for his player €50M at least. #Liverpool have offered to Fekir a contract until 2024 by €4M at year. #transfers #LFC
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) June 13, 2019
Backing up that report is a separate update from Canal Plus reporter Romain Collet-Gaudin.
He’s claimed that Liverpool are indeed back in the mix to sign Fekir.
Collet-Gaudin also concurred that Lyon are looking to sell Fekir for €50 million, while Liverpool are only prepared to offer €30 million.
Liverpool est bien intéressé par Nabil Fekir mais LFC ne veut pas payer les 50M€ de l’été dernier. Somme serait plus proche de 30M€. pic.twitter.com/YFcZIxY66H
— Romain Collet-Gaudin (@RomainCG75) June 13, 2019
Nabil Fekir’s Lyon contract
25-year-old Fekir is under contract at Lyon until 2020.
That means that, unless Lyon can agree a contract extension with the attacking midfielder, Fekir will be allowed to start talking to foreign clubs about a move as a free agent in January.
Fekir scored 12 goals and assisted nine in all competitions last season.
Swansea 2 – Man City 3
Manchester City have been drawn against Brighton in the semifinal of the FA Cup.
The Sky Blues booked their spot in the final four after a comeback win against Swansea on Saturday.
Swansea, who play in the Championship, stormed into a 2-nil lead over Pep Guardiola’s side.
However Man City turned the scoreline around with a second half comeback.
Helped out by a lack of VAR at the Liberty Stadium, Bernardo Silva and a double from Sergio Aguero proved decisive.
Sergio Aguero’s socks trigger injury fears
Sergio Aguero was introduced for Riyad Mahrez in the 64th minute of Saturday’s FA Cup tie.
When the Argentine stepped on the pitch, many people took notice of his socks.
Aguero had clearly cut off the bottom of his socks.
but this is not compositionally radical enough for Sergio Aguero, who is currently cutting the top and bottom off his standard issue Nike socks and wearing the middle of the sock upside down, halfway down the leg pic.twitter.com/JJeKqM0DnJ
— ཊལབསརངཧ (@David_Rudnick) March 17, 2019
Looking for an explanation as to why Aguero’s socks were different to his teammates, the good people at Footy Headlines have triggered an injury concern for the South American star:
It was by not the first time that Sergio Agüero stood out with his socks style – he has been using socks upside down in January 2019.
The reason for Aguero for cutting off his socks is very likely that it gives him more freedom while also reducing calf pressure.
Man City fans will be please Aguero now gets to rest during the international break.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp this afternoon provided an update on the fitness of both Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool back in action
The Reds are set to get their Club World Cup campaign underway tomorrow evening.
Liverpool will go head-to-head with Mexican outfit Monterrey, in a semi-final clash.
The matchup of course comes as one of two fixtures in the space of 24 hours for Jurgen Klopp’s men, with the Merseyside giants also set to take on Aston Villa in the League Cup tonight.
As a result of their wide-ranging commitments, Liverpool have been forced to split the club’s squad into two groups, with Reds U23 boss Neil Critchley set to oversee a largely 2nd-string panel at Villa Park in a few hours’ time.
The club’s senior players, meanwhile, have travelled to Qatar, for the Club World Cup.
Wijnaldum ruled out
As such, speaking in a press conference in Doha this afternoon, Jurgen Klopp provided a fitness update on his squad, set to take on Monterrey.
First, the German tactician confirmed that Gini Wijnaldum, who was forced off during the Premier League leaders’ victory over Watford at the weekend, is set to miss out tomorrow evening:
‘Gini was not as serious as we thought in the first moment. So he’s here doing the first recovery and then we have stuff what is necessary.’
‘So we will see day by day but for tomorrow night he’s not involved.’
There was positive news on Virgil van Dijk, on the other hand, with the Dutch stopper fit to feature from the off:
‘Virgil is fine. We had to do different stuff for recovery for different people, so that was the reason why he was not involved yesterday in the session. But Virgil is fine. All the rest of the squad is fine.’
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 17, 2019