I Gave Nabil Fekir Liverpool Opportunity - Lyon Supremo On Star's Future

Monday, 09 Jul, 2018

Bruno Génésio, speaking on behalf of Lyon, insisted that the move was not an attempt to convince his brother and captain Nabil Fékir to stay.

France worldwide Fekir was set to join the Reds for around £53m but the switch collapsed at the last minute due to medical concerns.

However, earlier today, Lyon's coach admitted that Fekir did intend to leave the club earlier in the summer and in a statement said, "He has expressed his desire to play at another level".

The Reds had been hoping to have a deal for the French worldwide concluded and signed before the World Cup but negotiations fell through at the last minute.

Joining the Reds would certainly mean going to a club of higher stature and greater pedigree, as Klopp's side look to improve on last seasons' fourth-place finish in the Premier League as well as the run to the Champions League final.

"I would have liked him to play more for France". I basically have a father-son relationship with my players.

"I did that too with [Corentin] Tolisso and [Samuel] Umtiti".

Fekir is now in action at the World Cup for France and Les Bleus take on Belgium in the semi-final on Tuesday.

"While other clubs are interested, he will be with us next year in the middle".

The 24-year-old France worldwide saw his proposed transfer to Liverpool collapse at the 11th hour and the player subsequently finds himself in transfer limbo. We work a lot on it, we reinforce it. "We must not let our best players leave".

'It is all good but we will see what happens.