Liverpool supporters have been reasonably satisfied in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team draw 0-0 with Merseyside rivals Everton on Saturday, a result which keeps them well on course for a top four finish in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their meeting with their city neighbours off the back of a stunning 3-0 success over Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash a few days earlier, and they will seek to get the job done at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night. And Klopp’s team selection against the Toffees certainly reflected where his priorities lay, with many changes made and ultimately a disjointed performance followed at Goodison Park, although Sam Allardyce’s side were unable to end their eight-year wait for a victory over the Reds.
Subsequently, there have been many happy Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hugely anticipating their side’s trip to City on Tuesday, with the Reds big favourites to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2008.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Reds fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
And were the Merseysiders to complete a surprise deal for the Belgium international this summer, it’s a move which could well bring to an end the Liverpool career of £27 million-rated ace Georginio Wijnaldum (as per Transfermarkt).
The 27-year-old played a hugely integral part in helping Klopp’s team return to the Champions League this term in making 36 Premier League appearances for the club in their run to fourth place last season, but he hasn’t quite featured as regularly this time round.
The Netherlands international has started just 22 of their 33 league matches thus far, and while he has started each of their last three league games, he had just one start to show for his previous five to underline his struggles in nailing down a spot in Klopp’s midfield.
Ultimately, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s summer arrival from Arsenal, alongside the fine form of Jordan Henderson and Emre Can, has made life difficult for Wijnaldum this term, and while his recent starts suggest that he still has a part to play at Anfield, landing Fellaini this summer is only likely to restrict his chances even further.
And alongside the definite arrival of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, another central midfielder albeit a slightly more offensive one, things would look very precarious for the former Newcastle United man, even if Can does indeed leave as expected at the expiration of his contract.
So while Wijnaldum was a key figure in their run to fourth place in the Premier League last season, landing Fellaini this summer from United could well bring about the end of the Dutchman’s time on Merseyside.
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