Nabil Fekir claims Liverpool “needed an excuse” not to sign him last summer

Nabil Fekir has shed light on his failed £53m move to Anfield, claiming Liverpool backed out of the deal for reasons he is still unaware of.

The French midfielder was on the verge of making the switch to Liverpool from Lyon in the summer of 2018, with the club going as far as interviewing him in front of LFC TV cameras.

Whilst supporters patiently waited for the formality of a confirmation from the club, a delay followed, with local club journalists then citing Fekir’s knee as a reason why the deal had fallen through.

The 26-year-old, who made a £22m move to Real Betis this summer, has questioned Liverpool’s true motives as he claims his knee is “perfectly fine.”

“Lots of lies were told and they affected me,” he said.

“Especially those told about my family. It hurt them and me. Especially when you know that what’s being told is false.

“What was said is not the truth. My knee is good – I had a quick medical check at Clairefontaine (France’s national training base) – my knee wasn’t even mentioned.

“If my knee had been in such a bad state, would Aulas (Lyon chairman Jean-Michel) have made [a huge offer to keep me]?

Nabil Fekir
Image: Getty Images

“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.

“You want the truth? Even I don’t know – I promise you!

“I did my medical and then [Liverpool] decided not to sign me. At some point they wanted to have me believe it was because of my knee – but an excuse needed to be found.

“The medical tests that I did at Clairefontaine were very clear – my knee is perfectly fine and I feel fine. There are no issues at all with my knee.”

MK Dons vs Liverpool kicks off at 7.45pm on Wednesday and you can keep up with all the action via LFC Globe's live match-day coverage.

LFC News

How Peter Krawietz helped shape Liverpool’s victory at Stamford Bridge

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed how Liverpool's set-piece display in the win against Chelsea was down to Peter Krawietz.Jordan Henderson, Mohamed Salah and Trent...

Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool – Highlights, Goals & Full Match (Video)

Chelsea vs Liverpool highlights - Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino saw Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool ‣ 0-1: Trent...

Jurgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson urge Reds to ‘keep going’ after win over Chelsea

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and skipper Jordan Henderson were both adamant Liverpool must "keep on going" after beating Chelsea on Sunday.The Reds put in...

All the best photos from the capital as Liverpool down Chelsea at the Bridge

All the best snaps from Stamford Bridge as Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.Jurgen Klopp made a sole change...

Watch: Trent Alexander-Arnold scores world-class free-kick against Chelsea

Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first goal since November last year as he put Liverpool ahead vs Chelsea with an excellent free-kick in the first-half.The...

Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool – As it happened & reaction

Follow all the pre-match build-up, commentary and social media updates as Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.The Reds return to league...

Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs Chelsea – Milner makes way for Wijnaldum

Jurgen Klopp has named his Liverpool side for this afternoon's Premier League meeting against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.The Reds boss makes one change to...

Trent Alexander-Arnold on earning respect & shaking the ‘nearly’ tag

Trent Alexander-Arnold says he feels he is "respected within the changing room now" as he sets his sight on winning numerous titles at Liverpool.The...

Chelsea vs Liverpool – Preview & Worldwide TV Info

Chelsea vs Liverpool live streaming available - Watch live online as Liverpool face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.Chelsea vs Liverpool ‣ Premier...

Naby Keita hopeful of making return from injury in League Cup meeting

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita could make his return from injury against MK Dons in the League Cup in midweek.The 24-year-old has missed competitive action...