Liverpool have been boosted by the news that transfer target Nabil Fekir was dropped from his team to further fuel rumours of an exit from his French club Lyon.
Nabil Fekir, 25, was left out of the Lyon squad for the French Cup clash with fifth-tier club Bourges.
The new development has put the spotlight back on the long-term future of the French international star at Champions League campaigners Lyon.
The Daily Mirror claim that Lyon are keen to sell him if he fails to sign a contract extension with the club.
Nabil Fekir has less than 18 months on his Lyon contract set to expire at the end of next season.
He came close to signing for Premier League table toppers Liverpool last summer after a £53m was agreed with Lyon for his transfer.
However, the big money move didn’t happen after the Reds pulled out of the transfer at the last minute.
Liverpool were said to have called off the multi-million pounds transfer because of long-term concerns over his knee.
The player recovered from that setback to play a part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup triumph recorded by the French team via a 4-2 win over fellow Europeans Croatia.