But some weeks, as defending sides sit deep and invite Liverpool to break them down, a player with Fekir's guile might be quite useful - and Liverpool have never replaced Coutinho in that sense.
Fekir was part of the French squad that lifted the World Cup in Russian Federation a year ago and enjoyed another productive season at Lyon.
While it was widely believed that the deal was dead and Fekir could not be expected to join the Reds in the future, journalists in France have now claimed otherwise.
But the Reds decided against going through with a deal for the 25-year-old despite having flown staff to Paris to complete the deal after having concerns on an old knee injury.
Now, Liverpool are reported to be back in for him - but are only willing to pay €30 million (£26.7m) this time around.
Last Summer the Reds nearly agreed on a deal to bring Fekir to Anfield, agreeing a £53 million fee for the midfielder and even taking pictures of him in a Liverpool shirt.
The club are reportedly still not interested in Fekir, with Liverpool's stance on any deal not changing since they killed the deal last Summer.
However, with the club still wanting around £45million for a player with just 12 months left on his contract it would benefit the Ligue 1 club if they can generate an auction for his services.
The 21-cap France worldwide is out of contract at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais next summer however, and is expected to be sold for a smaller fee than the one Liverpool agreed to pay before pulling the plug.
Liverpool take on Lyon in a pre-season friendly in Geneva on 31st July and that will provide a window of opportunity for officials from both clubs to rub shoulders and possibly broker a deal, if, of course, nothing has materialised prior to then.