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Gerard Houllier comments on Nabil Fekir and Liverpool

Nabil Fekir

Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier believes Nabil Fekir struggled to come to terms with missing out on his proposed move to Anfield last summer.

A deal to sign the 25-year-old collapsed at the 11th hour and although he remained with Lyon it looks like he will be leaving them during the current transfer window. Houllier believes the mess affected the player psychologically and that a parting of ways is probably best for both parties.

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Ged said: “It was psychologically extremely difficult for him.

“He may not have found a motivation that was as constant as usual.

“Maybe he needs another challenge, to see something else and that his Lyon adventure is at an end.”

There are suggestions that Liverpool would be willing to reignite their interest in Fekir but only if certain conditions were met by Lyon. Following his Liverpool medical, Anfield officials feared that Fekir could suffer a reoccurrence of a cruciate ligament knee injury which he suffered 3 years previously.

As things currently stand, Liverpool have shown no fresh interest and are instead focusing their current efforts on Matthijs de Ligt and Timo Werner.