Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has handed Liverpool a transfer blow as he insists Nabil Fekir would not be sold prior to the start of the World Cup.
The Reds were eager on reaching an agreement with the French club for their prized star, who wanted his future sorted out swiftly amid rumours the 24- year- old is intent on a move to Merseyside.
However, both parties appear to have reached a stumbling block as Aulas has reiterated his unwillingness to part ways with the club Captain while the World Cup has yet to begin.
The French Businessman is renowned for tough transfer strategies and has reportedly assumed impressive displays by the playmaker as the tournament could create a tug of war from clubs which could evidently lead to an increased transfer fee.
Liverpool are not as keen but appear to have reluctantly accepted they might have to wait towards the aftermath of the Mundial to land their top transfer targets.
Jurgen Klopp is a patient manager and he believes Fekir possesses the necessary qualities to replace Phillipe Coutinho who departed the club six months ago.
The Reds have also been linked with moves for Stoke city talisman Xherdan Shaqiri and Roma Goalkeeper Allison as the German manager looks to add more depth to a squad that can appear threadbare due to injuries.