Jurgen Klopp vows to replace Philippe Coutinho this summer

When Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in January it left a large hole in Liverpool’s midfield which has still

When Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in January it left a large hole in Liverpool’s midfield which has still yet to be filled.

Klopp, however, in an interview with Robbie Fowler for the Daily Mail has pledged to replace the Brazilian in the summer.

‘We need more quality’

During said interview, Klopp highlighted Liverpool’s midfield as the key area to strengthen.

“You need additions because in the squad, actually, we need more quality,

“What do we do? We brought in Naby Keita already, an outstanding player. We will bring in a couple more players, that will happen. But we had the quality of players already to finish the season higher. 

“Think about the season we played without Adam Lallana and half a season without Philippe Coutinho. Two of the best players in whole Premier League. They didn’t play on the pitch for us. 

“Can you imagine Phil Coutinho still in the team? And we play with the three up front and Phil at No 8 – that would have been nice.’ 

Liverpool also have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sidelined through injury and fellow midfielder Emre Can is also likely to leave Anfield this summer with Juventus seemingly his destination.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 04: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on April 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Potential targets

With so many midfielders injured, leaving or left Liverpool this year, it is clear Klopp is talking sense when he said he wanted to add to the midfield.

One potential target for Liverpool looks to be Lyon’s Nabi Fekir.

In 30 Ligue 1 games, last season Fekir bagged an impressive 18 goals and six assists. Bering in mind that Fekir spent much of the 2017/18 season as an attacking midfielder, 18 goals in 30 games is ridiculous.

Fekir can play CAM, left wing, right wing and even centre-forward. So, while Liverpool may have to splash the cash to sign Fekir, he does look like he could be worth it. And he could well be the midfielder Liverpool and Klopp are looking for.

 

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Lyon respond to Liverpool Nabil Fekir rumours

Since the start of the 2018 summer transfer window, Liverpool’s main target appears to have been Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil

Since the start of the 2018 summer transfer window, Liverpool’s main target appears to have been Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir.

However, in a recent interview with RMC Sport, Lyon manager Bruno Génésio was keen to dismiss talk that Fekir had agreed to sign for Liverpool.

No contract

As far as Génésio is concerned, there has been no talks held between Fekir and Liverpool, or indeed any other club.

In his interview, Génésio stated that,

 “There was no contact at all with Liverpool or any other club,

“I have not discussed the future at all, I know that Nabil, because of the qualification of ‘OL for the Champions League, is very keen to stay in.

“We will discuss serenely, he has the right to go to Russia with the French team, it gives him a higher status.

“It will be very, very expensive, to be able to acquire Nabil Fékir this summer.

“The players who have participated in this season will stay in. We want to increase the quality of the team so we must not weaken it.We will recruit one or two additional players of high quality and at least a very big name to strengthen the team”.

Should Liverpool pursue Fekir?

Given what was stated in the above interview, it would seem only a huge sum of money would allow Liverpool to sign Fekir.

But is he worth it?

Given his performance this past season you could make a very strong case that he is.

In 30 Ligue 1 games, last season Fekir bagged an impressive 18 goals and six assists. Bering in mind that Fekir spent much of the 2017/18 season as an attacking midfielder, 18 goals in 30 games is ridiculous.

Furthermore, although Liverpool are set to acquire Naby Keïta this summer, they have still yet to sign a like for like replacement for Philip Coutinho.

Fekir could certainly be that man given he can play CAM, left wing, right wing and even centre-forward. So, while Liverpool may have to splash the cash to sign Fekir, he does look like he could be worth it.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – JANUARY 08: New Barcelona signing Philippe Coutinho is unveiled at Camp Nou on January 8, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The Brazilian player signed from Liverpool, has agreed a deal with the Catalan club until 2023 season. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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