Liverpool supporters have been making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2008 courtesy of a 5-1 aggregate win over Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp’s men held a commanding 3-0 lead over the Premier League champions-elect heading into the second leg at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night, yet the Citizens took just two minutes to eat into that advantage through Gabriel Jesus. However, the Merseyside giants held firm and second half goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino secured victory on the night for Klopp’s side, thus earning them a first last four berth in a decade.
As such, there have been many happy and jubilant Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about possible Champions League success, with the Reds to find out their semi-final opponents on Friday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Liverpool fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports quashing rumours of a possible move for Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini.
And reports that the Merseysiders will indeed opt against going after the 30-year-old this summer without doubt details one of the best transfer decisions the Reds have made in many a year.
Yes, Fellaini has had his moments at United since his move there back in 2013, often used when the Red Devils were in need of a more physical presence in the midfield or indeed at set pieces, but it’s evident that he simply isn’t good enough for Jose Mourinho’s side.
And just 19 Premier League appearances this term, of which just three have been starts, is further indicative of his lowly position in Mourinho’s pecking order, and if he isn’t good enough for United’s midfield, then he’s unlikely to be good enough for Liverpool’s.
Yes, there are calls for manager Klopp to bring in a more defensive-minded player to help protect the back four and do the so-called ‘dirty’ work in the middle of the park, but Fellaini isn’t the answer.
Liverpool midfielders at present are full of energy, are dynamic, and very much representative of their manager – Fellaini isn’t that type of player, and simply wouldn’t fit in to what Klopp is trying to achieve at Anfield.
Clearly, while the Belgium international is evidently not a bad player hence he has played over 150 times for United, he’s not the answer to Liverpool’s midfield needs, even if it wouldn’t cost them a penny to bring him from Old Trafford at the expiration of his contract this summer – there are better alternatives out there.
As such, reports that they will opt against going after the 30-year-old detail without doubt their best transfer decision in many years.
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