So it looks as though Liverpool won’t be signing Nabil Fekir from Lyon after all – at least not before the World Cup.
Despite seemingly striking a deal with the Frenchman – including conducting an official interview whilst wearing a Liverpool shirt – the deal has now collapsed.
Problems with the medical appears to have been a stumbling point, with the Reds reportedly looking to renegotiate the fee after becoming unsure with Fekir’s previous knee injury.
The midfielder suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in his right knee whilst on international duty in September 2015, requiring arthroscopic surgery to clean a joint in August 2016, before picking up a contusion in the area in February this year.
There is a belief that Fekir avoided surgery earlier this season in order to be fit for the World Cup this summer.
Liverpool were obviously cautious of spending £54 million on a player that could have a long-term knee issue.
While this whole transfer sage is going on, Fekir has been trying to concentrate on representing his country at the World Cup.
And on the same day Lyon revealed the deal was dead, he was making a 20-minute cameo for his county against the USA.
Fekir came on in the 69th-minute with France trailing 1-0. And Liverpool fans would have been watching him very closely.
And his performance would only have made them even more disappointed that they’ve failed to complete the deal.
That’s because Fekir looked brilliant during his substitute appearance, helping to create the equaliser for Kylian Mbappe.
LIVERPOOL FANS REACT TO HIS PERFORMANCE
One thing is for sure, his knee looked absolutely fine:
Anyone watched Fekir’s 20 minute cameo for France? FFS…Man of the match with numerous outstanding actions. Knee looked fine too😉
— Jacob Steen Nielsen (@Jastni78) June 9, 2018
Fekir just come on for France, knee looks fine to me!!
— Richard Adam Yates (@Huliobeanfliker) June 9, 2018
Fekir's just come on for France. Knee hasn't fallen off yet
— Sean McColl (@Sean_McColl) June 9, 2018
— MarkJ (@TheRedDrJ) June 9, 2018
Whether or not Liverpool will try to negotiate a deal for Fekir after the World Cup remains to be seen but Jurgen Klopp might now be looking for an alternative.