Newly appointed Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers, appears to have set his stall out early by reportedly considering an audacious raid on Merseyside rivals Everton for their Belgium star, Marouane Fellaini.
As Rodgers looks to curtail the long ball hitters and hopers, amongst whom could be included both Steven Gerrard and Charlie Adam, to introduce his Nou Camp-esque style of short ball possession game, the former Swansea boss will be looking to recruit at least a couple of new faces into the side who are more accustomed to this pattern of play.
Therefore, the apparent interest in the lanky, fuzzy-haired giant is understandable given the Belgian’s immaculate recent form for the Blues, and his undoubted ability to play the game we know and love.
But surely Rogers is intellectually adept enough to recognise that Everton would not sell Fellaini and most assuredly not to arch rivals Liverpool – the reaction of Everton fans would be difficult to contemplate.
Rogers will certainly be eager to reshuffle his under achieving, at least in terms of league position, expensive Liverpool midfield that failed to set the Premier League alight last season despite some costly purchases that failed to pay dividends.
Former Blackpool star Charlie Adam, under-fire winger Stewart Downing and young England international Jordan Henderson in particular have all failed to live up to their inflated price–tags since arriving at Anfield last year, despite a few flashes of potential.
In spite of some dazzling displays at their former clubs (Blackpool, Aston Villa and Sunderland respectively), none of the aforementioned players have made the grade this season and have undeniably been a contributing factor to the disappointing season the Reds have had in the Premier League.
Now with the news that Dirk Kuyt will be leaving the club this summer, it may only be a matter of time before a few more familiar faces will be following in his footsteps out of the door at Anfield.
Rodgers has received widespread acclaim for what he did at previous club Swansea and particularly celebrated for the continental style of play he instilled into the Welsh side.
Liverpool club owner, John Henry has admitted that it was this factor that made Rodgers a suitable candidate for the job, as the Americans look to turn Liverpool into the kind of team that plays successful attractive possession football; something most club owners strive for in awe of the incredible Barcelona team and their beautiful, intricate style of play.
Fellaini will not be going to the Euros this summer, so he has plenty of time to weigh up his options; I would like to optimistically assume that Everton would be his preferred choice (unless one of the Champions League clubs, like Chelsea, come knocking).
But until then, I can’t see Fellaini even hinting at an exit from the Toffees. Suggestions have been made by Sports News Ireland that Liverpool may be able to prise the midfielder from the clutches of Everton due to their current financial misery.
But even if Liverpool could stump up the cash to persuade Mr Kenwright to part with Fellaini, the giant Belgian has enough Blue running through his blood to not accept a switch to our Merseyside rivals; hopefully.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!