LIVERPOOL will not sign Nabil Fekir this summer because they can’t take the risk of a long-term injury to the France star.
The Reds came close to bringing in the Lyon forward before the World Cup only for a problem to surface in the medical.
And Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce has explained Liverpool won’t be resurrecting a move for Fekir.
He said: “Yes, Lyon are crying out for a buyer. It suits them for Liverpool to be repeatedly linked with Fekir.
“For all the talk of potentially restructuring the £53m deal that collapsed last month, I can’t see Liverpool going back in for him.
“Their concerns over his knee were too great. It’s a shame because he would have been an exciting addition.”
Fekir has had one serious knee injury in the past and Pearce explains Liverpool are not prepared to sign a player on a long-term deal that could be susceptible to another serious problem.
He added: “Transfers always create such a buzz and some fans will always want more.
“No sooner had Liverpool made Alisson the most expensive goalkeeper ever, the talk was all about who was coming in next.
“Talk about Fekir has rumbled on all summer and I think because Liverpool came so close to signing him, many are desperate for it to happen.
“The bottom line is you can’t commit to that kind of fee and big wages over five years if you are worried he’s going to break down.
“I do understand it when people talk about how Liverpool still need a Coutinho replacement.
“Fekir would have been that man and the Reds haven’t targeted a similar alternative.
“But Klopp has added to the squad’s creative qualities with the signings of Keita and Shaqiri and seems content with the options at his disposal.”
Liverpool face West Ham in their first Premier League match of the season on Sunday, August 12.