Liverpool fans react to Thomas Lemar's reported Atletico Madrid move

Fans arrive to the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield on November 18, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Monaco winger Thomas Lemar is joining La Liga giants Atletico Madrid despite incessent links with the Premier League and Liverpool.

Monacos French midfielder Thomas Lemar (C) celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Saint-Etienne (ASSE) and Monaco (ASM) on December 15, 2017, at the...

In the space of just two days, both Nabil Fekir and Thomas Lemar both look to have slipped out of Liverpool’s reach.

Liverpool were seemingly on the verge of landing Lyon’s 18-goal talisman Fekir in a £53 million deal with The Mail claiming that he had even been given the chance to choose a shirt number and conduct interviews with the club’s in-house media team.

But, in a dramatic twist, the £140,000-a-week deal collapsed after problems were discovered during Fekir’s medical, The Mail adds.

Nabil Fekir of Olympique Lyon reacts during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Atalanta and Olympique Lyon at Mapei Stadium - Citta' del Tricolore on December 7, 2017 in Reggio...

Though while supporters were obviously dismayed to miss out on one of the most feared attackers anywhere in Europe during the 2017/18 season, it seems Thomas Lemar’s impending move to Atletico Madrid hasn’t been met with the same furore.

Liverpool have been pursuing the Monaco star for some time with The Independent reporting that they had even made a bid of £78 million last year. But Lemar is now set to join La Liga giants Atletico Madrid instead – for a reduced fee of £57 million.

But Liverpool fans don’t seem too bothered. There is a reason why Lemar’s price-tag dropped considerably, after all.

Monaco's French midfielder Thomas Lemar gestures during the French League Cup final football match between Monaco (ASM) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at The Matmut Atlantique Stadium in...

The 22-year-old contributed 14 goals and 17 assists as Monaco won Ligue 1 and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2016/17 but his tally dropped to three and 10 in a disappointing follow-up campaign.

And, as the Anfield faithful point out, there’s better value to be found elsewhere.

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