Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team are currently preparing for what has turned out to be a virtual Champions League qualifier against Brighton next weekend and then will get ready to face of two-time defending Champions League winners Real Madrid in the 2017-2018 UCL Final in Kiev on 26th May. With so much to deal with before the season ends, you wouldn’t blame Klopp for focussing completely on the task at hand and putting transfer business on hold until the end of the season. The German manager still has £142 million from Philippe Coutinho’s sale to Barcelona burning in his pocket and the summer will give him the perfect opportunity to put that money to use in the right areas. Some people might argue that the forward line doesn’t need a real big change but if the Reds are going to compete on multiple levels next season. Lyon forward Nabil Fekir Liverpool move could be on this summer if the latest reports are to be believed. In the latest Nabil Fekir transfer news, Liverpool is believed to have a reached an agreement of around £62 million for the transfer of the French international from Lyon to Merseyside. In this article, we look at the 10 facts that you probably didn’t know about Nabil Fekir.
Eligible to play international football for Algeria
Due to his ancestry, Nabil Fekir was eligible to play for the Algerian national team but he choose to represent France and made his international debut in 2015. His was named in the Algerian squad for friendlies against Oman and Qatar in March 2015 but withdrew in order to play for France.
Played for numerous youth clubs before representing Lyon at the senior level
Nabil Fekir was part of the Lyon academy during his growing up days but was released when he was 14 as he was deemed not strong enough. From there, he went on to represent 7 clubs at the youth level before Lyon came calling and resigned the forward in 2011. At one point, he was even approached by AS Saint-Étienne, Lyon’s local rivals but choose to wait for the right opportunity.
Was named Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year for the 2014-2015 season
After an average first season in the Lyon senior team, Nabil Fekir really came into the spotlight in his second season wherein he scored a total 13 goals and made 9 assists. For his superb season, he was named the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year and was also included in the Team of the Year, a big achievement for a player who was just entering his twenties at that moment.
Played his first international game against Denmark
After winning the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award, Nabil soon earned his first national call-up for friendlies against Brazil and Denmark. He made his national debut against the former coming on for Antoine Griezmann in the final 16 minutes. He scored his first international goal in a 3-4 home defeat against Belgian on 7 June 2015.
The first start for the national team turns into a nightmare
Just weeks after scoring his first international goal, Nabil Fekir made his first international start in a friendly against Portugal on 4 September 2015. Unfortunately for Lyon man, during that game, he ruptured three ligaments in his right knee, which eventually ruled him out of action for 6 months.
Received high praise from the national coach even before making his debut
Ever since Nabil Fekir came on the scene, pundits and football fans have showered him with praise for his performances and the talent he has. When he made his international debut, the then manager Didier Deschamps said, “Fekir is a player with great potential. I consider that he can bring us something different. He plays in a different role to the others. He can score and set up others to score well.”
Nabil Fekir was linked strongly with Real Madrid in summer of 2015
Following his brilliant season with Lyon, naturally a lot of big clubs took notice of his talent and tried to reach an agreement with the player and the club but Lyon didn’t have any of it. One of those clubs was record Champions League holder Real Madrid, who were very much interested in the forward. Zidane even went to say, “Nabil is an incredible player. He impressed me technically.” during one of the press interactions.
Nabil played with newly recruited Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette at Lyon
Having scored 17 goals in his debut season with Arsenal, Alexandre Lacazette will be pleased with his debut campaign in the Premier League with the Gunners. But not many of you would know that during his Lyon days, the French striker had formed an almost telepathic understanding with Fekir and the two were responsible for the majority of Lyon goals. He will be hoping that next season he can form the same sort of understanding with the likes of Salah and Firmino at Liverpool.
2nd highest goal-scorer for Lyon in the ongoing 2017-2018 season
With 28 games done in the season, Nabil Fekir is currently the second highest goal-scorer for Lyon with 17 goals. He is behind Mariano, who has 18 goals to his name. Apart from his 17 strikers, Fekir has also managed 6 assists in the league. Overall, Fekir has scored 22 goals in 38 matches.
Currently the captain of Lyon
Following the departure of Maxime Gonalons to AS Roma in the summer of 2017, Nabil Fekir was named the captain of Lyon and given his talent it’s not surprising to see him leading the side from the front.
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