One of the more bizarre transfer stories to form in quite some time appeared on Sunday night, linking Liverpool with a move for Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
A report in France, from L’Equipe to be precise, had suggested that Jurgen Klopp would move for the Belgian midfielder when his Old Trafford contract expires at the end of the current season.
To the surprise of absolutely nobody, those reports have been shut down quickly. The Liverpool Echo have confirmed what many on Merseyside would have taken for granted anyway, that Liverpool have no interest in bringing Fellaini to Anfield.
Looking past the fact that he has already played for the Reds’ two biggest rivals, it’s hard to imagine a player less suited to Klopp’s intesnse, pacey brand of football – and yet the report saw that Emre Can is likely to leave Liverpool, and added two and two together to get five.
Phl Chisnall remains the last player to move directly from one of those clubs to the other, a transfer carried out in 1954 (though Gabriel Heinze did try to end that run when he went to court to try and force through a move to Anfield in 2007) – and Fellaini will not be the first player in half a decade to cross the divide.
While he won’t be moving to Liverpool, Fellaini does look likely to leave Man United at the end of the season. With contract talks at a standstill, the former Everton man has been attracting plenty of interest from clubs across Europe – interest that will only intensify should he have a good World Cup with Belgium this summer.