Lyon manager Bruno Genesio has tipped Nabil Fekir to fire his side to Europe, but hinted he could play his last game for the club on Saturday.
The Reds were rumoured to have agreed a £62 million deal with the French club earlier this month, though reports seem to have been premature.
Regardless, interest in Fekir remains, and Jurgen Klopp is poised to add “at least one high-quality attacking player” to his squad this summer according to Goal‘s Neil Jones.
Fekir would fit the bill, complementing the established trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, with Klopp alluding at a change in system in the future in the 4-0 win over Brighton.
Lyon take on OGC Nice in their final game of the Ligue 1 campaign on Saturday night, with victory guaranteeing a place in next season’s Champions League.
And speaking ahead of his side’s decisive clash, Genesio suggested Fekir could be set to turn out in Lyon colours for the last time.
“We have to put aside everything related to emotion. For some, this may be the last game,” he said.
“It must give [those players] even more strength because you have to say: ‘[I will] leave by qualifying this team for the Champions League’.
“There is also the World Cup. The very great players are able to ignore all this. I think Nabil will play a big match on Saturday.”
Fekir is Lyon’s top goalscorer this season, with 23 in 39 games, with the France international also laying on seven assists, serving as one of Genesio’s most influential players.
At 24, he still has great scope to develop further, and doing so in Klopp’s squad would be hugely beneficial, taking up an advanced midfield role behind Firmino.
Having been at Lyon his entire senior career, signing off by firing them to Europe’s elite wearing the captain’s armband would be a fitting finale.