The Liverpool supporters have been in fine spirits in the Transfer Tavern of late due to their progression up the Premier League table in recent weeks, and with a 3-0 lead to take to The Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening they are feeling confident about their prospects of winning the Champions League this season.
It’s been a promising season for Liverpool Football Club under Jurgen Klopp so far, and judging by their progress in recent months it’s fair to say they should be set to go head to head with Man City for the Premier League title next season. The signings of Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil Van Dijk have had an immensely positive impact on the club, as has the emergence of Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold from the club’s academy.
And despite the fact the summer transfer window is still months away from reopening, the resident Kopites propping up our bar are eagerly anticipating the arrival of a new player, namely Naby Keita of RB Leipzig. After watching the Guinea international impress in the Bundesliga this season, the supporters simply cannot wait to see him put on the red shirt for the very first time, but recent reports from France suggest he is not the only midfielder who will join the club this summer.
According to media outlet L’Equipe, Liverpool are lining up a move to sign the former Evertonian Marouane Fellaini (valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt) this summer when his contract at Manchester United expires, although they face competition from Monaco, PSG and Besiktas for his signature. Despite the fact the prospect of signing Fellaini is made more appealing by the fact he will be available to move to Merseyside on a free transfer, Liverpool should abandon their pursuit due to both his lack of reliability and quality.
So far this season, Fellaini has managed to make just 3 starts in the Premier League due to a persistent knee injury and competition for places in the United team. However, when Fellaini has played for the Red Devils he has looked distinctly average in the centre of midfield.
For a club of Liverpool’s stature and ambition, signing Fellaini would represent a backwards step in their development, especially considering he has never hit the ground running at United. With a fine selection of midfielders to choose from already, Klopp will have a conundrum to solve next season following the arrival of Naby Keita.
Who the German manager will decide to partner with Keita remains to be seen, but there is no doubt that signing Fellaini to play alongside Liverpool’s big-money signing would represent a desperately poor piece of business for the club.
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