Everyone remembers when Liverpool tried and failed to sign Nabil Fekir some years ago.
In 2018, Liverpool were on the cusp of signing the then-Lyon playmaker, only for the player to fail a medical.
As a result, Fekir never did wind up joining Jurgen Klopp’s outfit in a development which angered many supporters of the Anfield outfit at the time.
According to The Express, the Merseysiders originally turned to Lucas Paqueta as an alternative.
And now, four years later, Liverpool have a way of signing the Brazilian – now at Lyon himself – for a knock-down figure.
The 24-year-old is heavily linked with a transfer to the Premier League this summer, but Klopp’s side haven’t been linked.
However, Paqueta is someone who the German manager could do with.
The Reds, at the moment, don’t look like they’re signing the attacking midfielder that they need, meaning that a relatively injury-prone Thiago Alcantara will still be Klopp’s most creative player from the middle of the park again next season.
Interestingly, Liverpool might have a way of getting Paqueta, too.
It was reported this morning that the Ligue 1 outfit want to sign Takumi Minamino – and the English giants should offer their Japan international in some version of a swap deal for the South American wizard.
With Minamino valued at only £17 million, Liverpool may need to add money into the mix as well in order to balance up Paqueta’s valuation.
Klopp hasn’t really signed a proper number 10 since the Fekir fiasco, with Thiago, as mentioned, being the closest thing to a Philippe Coutinho-esque player to arrive.
Paqueta would be that player and it’s time the Reds get creative and bring him to Merseyside.