In one of the season’s most bizarre transfer rumours, Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini was linked by French newspaper L’Equipe with a shock end-of-contract move to Liverpool this week.
In what surely should have come to the relief of Reds supporters, it later emerged that these links were well off the mark, with Monaco, Paris Saint Germain, and Besiktas more suitable destinations for the Belgian midfielder.
Liverpool must be looking for players of a higher quality than the likes of Fellaini if they want to mount a sustainable title challenge next season.
The Belgian midfielder soon turns 31 years of age, and has seen his productivity dwindle over recent seasons. Due to numerous injuries, he has only featured 13 times in the Premier League this season, completing the full 90 minutes on just three occasions.
Ever since swapping Goodison Park for Old Trafford, the midfielder has struggled to find the rampant attacking form he enjoyed while at Everton. Partly due to a dip in form and being played out of position, Fellaini’s time at United is better known for misplaced touches and wayward passes than driving runs and emphatic finishes.
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These attributes make Liverpool’s supposed targeting of the Belgian even the more puzzling.
With Emre Can set to depart in the summer, the Reds would be far better off targeting Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lazio’s 23-year-old central midfielder, who is enjoying a stellar season and is a perfect long-term replacement for the German.
Milinkovic-Savic is a goal-scoring threat who possesses a wicked long shot, along with mesmerising dribbling skills. He is also extremely strong in the air and provides a solid defensive cog in front of the backline.
Instead of a laughable pursuit of Manchester United’s unwanted Belgian midfielder, Liverpool should set their sights on the young Serbian midfielder – a move that would be perfect for the Reds.