It’s been more than a year now since Nabil Fekir was meant to sign for Liverpool; more than a year since a deal and personal terms were reportedly agreed; more than a year since he did his unveiling interview for what was meant to be his new club.
And, of course, it’s been more than a year since the deal fell through, something Fekir, now a Real Betis player, talked about this week while on international duty. For Liverpool fans hoping for a little certainty about the situation, though, it may not help.
“Lots of lies were told and they affected me,” Fekir said to L’Equipe about the stories surrounding the breakdown of his Liverpool move. “What was said is not the truth. It hurt them and me. Especially when you know that’s what being told is false.
“My knee is good, I had a quick medical check at Clairefontaine, my knee wasn’t even mentioned. But the worst thing is the idea that people could suggest that it’s because of my family that the transfer didn’t happen. It’s a lie. But you have to live with it.”
In addition to the widespread belief his previously damaged knee and potential issues due to its reconstruction had scared Liverpool off, there were a smattering of rumours Fekir’s desire to have his brother follow him to Liverpool scuppered the move.