Why Liverpool should forget about Fekir and sign this reported £65m Arsenal target

Liverpool aren’t short of offensive personals. Last season, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane combined to rain goals in Merseyside.

The outcome was a Champions League final spot and Premier League runner-up finish. Yet, an utterly desperate Jurgen Klopp craved for another dimension in the final third during the summer window. 

Lyon and France World Cup winner was highly tipped to make the switch. However, the deal fell through despite completing a medical and granting an interview to LFCTV; the club’s in house tv channel.

Xherdan Shaqiri was brought on board instead and the Reds frontline have waxed even stronger. Only Manchester City have enjoyed a superior return in the final third. 

Being another transfer window, the Reds have once again been linked with the Frenchman. 

But rather than Fekir, Klopp should actually be targeting Real Madrid midfielder, James Rodriguez. James is in the last six months of his two-year loan deal with Bayern Munich. 

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The Colombian was exceptional in the first year of his contract at the Allianz Arena. However, the arrival of Niko Kovac has somewhat impeded on his progress this term. 

James’ has struggled for game time, starting just five times with the last coming over two months ago. 

The ex-Monaco playmaker is growing increasingly frustrated with the situation of things and Liverpool can capitalize. 

James is reportedly an Arsenal target who they view as a replacement for Mesut Ozil. 

At a mooted value of £65m, however, the Gunners who are only eyeing loan deals may not afford the Colombian. 

Klopp can take advantage of his current situation to lure the Colombian to England. 

Unlike Fekir, James is versatile, adept to slotting anywhere in attack; from central midfield to supporting, flanks to a false nine. 

His pace, technical skills, vision and ability to create chances for teammates makes him suitable to these roles. That versatility will be crucial for Klopp desperate to rotate his squad.