Liverpool nearly signed striker in 2014 – he flew to Boston, recorded an interview but then failed a medical

Liverpool fans will remember the summer of 2014 when Loic Remy almost joined the Reds but was rejected at the last moment due to concerns over his medical.

According to the Athletic, he had actually flown to Boston to conduct his first media duties as a Liverpool player but his dream move came crashing down around him.

Simon Hughes writes: “There have been occasions when clubs have prepared social media posts only for a deal to fall through.

“Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers to Liverpool was one such case. The French forward flew to Boston, where he was chaperoned to a gold-chromed hotel. Before completing a medical, he did a video interview that was due to feature on the club’s website.

Loic Remy

“It was never published because he failed subsequent physical tests and was promptly sent back on a plane to London. In total, he had spent around 10 hours in Boston.

“The whole thing had been a waste of time, including the planning around the unveiling on social media, and the interview ended up being expunged from the club’s records.”

The forward wound up joining Chelsea and later revealed Liverpool pulled the plug on a move to Anfield over concerns with his heart.

Another Frenchman later failed a medical and also had his heartbroken as Nabil Fekir was ever so close to joining the Reds in 2018 but due to a knee issue, he was told his dream move to Merseyside would not be happening.

EIBAR, SPAIN - MAY 13: Nabil Fekir of Real Betis Balompie reacts during the La Liga Santander match between SD Eibar and Real Betis at Estadio Municipal de Ipurua on May 13, 2021 in Eibar, Spain.

I was a lot more disappointed about Nabil Fekir not joining Liverpool as he could have been the perfect replacement for Philippe Coutinho but his attacking output has tailed off quite significantly since his move to Real Betis.

Liverpool fans were shocked at how the deal fell through at the time and it was one of the most engrossing transfer sagas to follow on social media but as crazy as that was at the time, I think we can all agree that straightforward transfers are in the club’s best interest.

I’d still love to see how a Fekir or Coutinho would fit into Liverpool’s current system and how Jurgen Klopp would accommodate for a creative mind in his midfield and attack.

Most of the play goes through Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold but that would surely be distributed more evenly if an attacking midfielder was signed.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

If Liverpool sign an attacking midfielder, it better be Christopher Nkunku. The Frenchman can play pretty much anywhere in front of a no.6 but is obviously most useful at the top end of the pitch.

He has 17 goals and 13 assists this season. He’s already reached 30 goal contributions in all competitions and whoever signs him is getting an incredible player.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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