Liverpool have gone out and done it again. They were incredibly close to landing one of the best players in the world, Nabil Fekir and pulled the plug on the 25-year-old coming to Anfield reportedly because of a dodgy knee.
Cue hundreds of thousands of Liverpool fans absolutely going mental on social media and having a good old go at the management, Jurgen Klopp, Michael Edwards, John Henry, Sergio Ramos and Michael Owen.
All right, the last two players weren’t abused because Fekir was not coming but Ramos and Owen aren’t any saints for the stuff they have pulled off on us.
Yes, Fekir could have been the next Philippe Coutinho. Yes, Fekir could have been the link to our front three. Yes, Fekir could have turned out to become a world-beater and could have made us more deadly.
On the flip side, Liverpool do know what they are doing when it comes to medicals and players. At least, they should know by now.
Injuries burn Liverpool a lot
Fekir’s injury a few years ago was an ACL tear that ruled him out for the season at Lyon. For those not in the know, it is incredibly difficult to get back to playing in the best way after an ACL tear.
We all remember how Lucas Leiva was ruling the roost and was probably the best midfielder in the Premier League at one point before suffering an ACL injury and missed 34 games for the Reds.
In fact, after that injury in 2011-12, Lucas picked up seven more injuries and missed an additional 44 games across five seasons.
Even legendary players such as Ronaldo could not get back to being the best after picking up serious injuries while playing for Inter Milan. So maybe, Liverpool were trying to play it safe and not sign a player for £53m only to see him sit on the sidelines.
ACLs can be tricky to diagnose and understand and we should be trusting the LFC medical team after their history of dealing with injuries to already signed players.
One player that epitomises our bad luck with injuries has to be Daniel Sturridge. The English striker spent half of last season on loan at West Brom and as soon as he made his debut, he picked up an injury.
In fact, Sturridge has had a multitude of injuries since moving to Liverpool and has missed 99 games for the Reds in 567 days across five seasons.
That is almost two complete seasons out with injury!
We have also had the likes of Alberto Aquilani, the big replacement for Xabi Alonso, but the Italian was never able to create a name for himself at Anfield and was out for 214 days and 22 games with an injury.
Turning the clock back a few more years, we had one of the most talented left-backs in Fabio Aurelio who missed 29 games in three years while Philipp Degen was probably made of glass as he picked up way too many injuries.
Daniel Agger was another top talent that had his issues with injuries as the Dane missed a mammoth 111 games for the Reds in over eight years.
Liverpool have had their fair share of injury-ridden players and if they are willing to not take a risk with a player that could have another major injury, why should we go all ballistic on them?
Of course, injuries are based on luck too. It could so well happen that Fekir stays fit for the rest of his career and becomes one of the greatest players to have ever played the game, however, avoiding risky signings, especially when it comes to injuries, is important for us as we look to build a young team that can stay together for years and challenge for titles.
Fabinho and Keita aren’t even 25, while our attack’s oldest player is Sadio Mane, who is 26. These are the building blocks for a great future and our transfer history under Klopp has been good too, apart from a couple of dodgy signings that have yet to bear fruit.
We should trust our German manager and the scouting team as the likes of Mane, Salah, Robertson and even Georginio Wijnaldum have done pretty well, while Roberto Firmino has become one of the best forwards in England.
If we aren’t getting Fekir, there must a proper reason for it and we should just stay calm and look ahead to the transfer window as we are now capable of getting any player we want.
Paris Saint-Germain set to sell 23-year-old Liverpool target for €15m this January
The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season, and PSG are not willing to let the midfielder leave for nothing.
The report adds that Barcelona were close to landing Rabiot on a free but PSG claimed that the Catalans did not act “correctly”.
Rabiot’s wage demands could increase the overall value of the transfer, and the report adds that PSG are not willing to deal with Barcelona any more.
Liverpool could do with another quality midfielder in their side, despite having several options in the side.
However, Adam Lallana has had a tough time related to injuries while James Milner isn’t getting any younger at 33.
Jurgen Klopp has pulled off some great cheap signings with Joel Matip joining on a free while Andy Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri have been smart purchases.
Rabiot has the talent to be one of the best in the world, but he needs to be under the right manager. Klopp has performed miracles with some players at Anfield, and it would be great to have a talent like the Frenchman playing for us.
Former Manchester City midfielder “scared” of Liverpool in Premier League race
Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed that he is scared of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League.
The Ivorian won the Premier League with City a few years ago and was speaking on Sky Sports where he claimed that the Reds were doing well and were “very strong” (h/t Daily Star).
The midfielder lauded our efforts at reaching the Champions League final last season and claimed we were growing together.
Winning the Premier League in consecutive seasons is extremely tough, something that Toure touched upon. The former Barcelona midfielder spoke about Manchester City keeping hold of their title this season before adding that he was scared of the Reds:
“This year I know everybody was asking the question of what City are going to do this year.
“And I think we have to see what’s going to happen.
“To be honest, Liverpool are in good, good shape at the moment and I’m very scared of them.
“Liverpool are looking very, very scary this year.”
The Reds are four points clear at the top of the table after the latest round of fixtures. Liverpool needed to return to winning ways after losses against Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were professional against Brighton at the weekend with Mohamed Salah scoring the only goal of the game.
The Reds have some relatively easy fixtures coming up to keep hold of their lead in the Premier League, and hopefully, we can celebrate a first Premier League title this season.
33 wins, 24 clean sheets – The numbers from this Liverpool star’s first 50 games for the Reds are incredible
Virgil van Dijk played his 50th game for Liverpool against Brighton, and the Reds picked up all three points thanks to Mohamed Salah’s winner.
The Reds also kept a clean sheet, something that the defender would cherish and the Liverpool website shared some interesting facts from the Dutchman’s 50 games under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool established their second longest run without conceding a league goal at Anfield in 2018. The Reds did not concede for 918 minutes as Callum Paterson scored for Cardiff in October to break a streak that started in Feb.
The Dutchman was the only defender to have played in all games that lasted the run.
24 clean sheets
This has got to be the best record of them all with almost half of the games Van Dijk played in yielding a clean sheet.
This season has been better with 13 clean sheets from 22 Premier League games as the Reds have tightened up the back thanks to the signing of Alisson.
Dominating the opposition
Van Dijk has an incredible success percentage when it comes to duels, with the defender winning 71.69% of the 445 contested duels.
The defender also leads the team in clearances (272), blocks (21) and interceptions (59).
Incredible passing numbers
Van Dijk has attempted more passes (3,643) than any other Liverpool player and has an accuracy of 88.64%.
The Reds have been supreme this season with Van Dijk leading from the back, and we have lost just one game in the Premier League too.
Liverpool have won 33 of the games that Van Dijk has played in with seven draws and 10 defeats so far.
The Dutchman has been one of our best signings under Klopp and is well on his way to becoming a legend at the club if he keeps playing this way.
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