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Fekir was closely linked with a move to Liverpool this summer..

French football expert has cast his verdict on Liverpool trying to sign Nabil Fekir again

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Despite all of Liverpool's transfer business this summer, it was one of their failed approaches that became one of the biggest talking points.

Nabil Fekir quickly emerged as a target for the Reds with many believing he was the perfect replacement for Philippe Coutinho and the missing link in their midfield.

The deal looked inevitable with the hashtag 'FekirFriday' trending on Twitter, an apparent LFCTV interview being filmed and even a photoshoot taking place.

Nevertheless, the deal would collapse at the last minute with concerns raised about Fekir's history of knee injuries in the medical.

That hasn't led to talk of Fekir from fizzling out, though, and many Liverpool fans are still watching his performances with keen interest.

Fekir's failed transfer

Besides, there's nothing to say that Liverpool couldn't make another approach for him in transfer windows to come, assuming they change their opinion on his fitness.

So, that said, has Fekir been showing the kind of form that would encourage Liverpool to chase his signature once again?

Most Liverpool fans haven't been watching their Ligue 1 football religiously but French football expert Julien Laurens certainly has.

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French football expert on Fekir

And now four months after Fekir's doomed transfer to Merseyside, he has a very clear message for Klopp after watching his 22 appearances this season. 

He titled the article: "Don't forget about Nabil Fekir, he's still the missing link for Liverpool."

Laurens wrote: "This domestic campaign has been more difficult. Ahead of Friday’s game, he has only played seven league matches, mainly due to injuries, registering only two goals and two assists.

"In the Champions League, his performances have been much better, with two goals and two assists in the three games he played, but he has lacked consistency. He has also lacked, at times, the spark that made him so special last season.

"Jurgen Klopp saw him as the missing link in his Liverpool team, capable of unlocking even the tightest defences. Fekir’s left foot is so good in small spaces. He has a rare profile that many big clubs are looking for.

"You could argue that after last summer, he is worth more than what was first agreed with Liverpool (£55m).

"At the moment, Liverpool are still very much monitoring his situation. He feels he is more than ready now to make the jump and go abroad."

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So it seems Laurens is more than endorsing a second approach for Fekir in the future, despite a comparatively disappointing start to the season.

The Frenchman - rather tellingly - has struggled for game-time as a result of injuries, but has shown particularly in Champions League fixtures that he still has the ability to thrive.

Whether or not Klopp pursues him again is unknown, though, but some investment in his attack wouldn't go amiss after a surprising start to the season.

For all their impressive performances and solidarity in their defence, you sense that something is still missing.

Do you think Liverpool should still chase a Fekir move? Have your say in the comments section below.

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Nabil Fekir
Jurgen Klopp
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