This could be a blessing in disguise for Fellaini who, despite being in need of more game-time, would not be suited to Liverpool’s high-tempo style of play.
At 6’4”, Fellaini has been utilised by Jose Mourinho and previous Manchester United managers as a route one outlet, but nothing more.
While this could introduce an interesting new dynamic to Liverpool’s game, it is highly unlikely that manager Jurgen Klopp will want to sacrifice any of the pace in his team to accommodate the ugly tactic of hoofing the ball up the pitch to a target man.
Fellaini would be a much better fit for his old club Everton, who should seriously consider snatching up the player on a free when his contract expires.
Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Juventus, Monaco, Galatasaray and Besiktas have all been linked with a move for the midfielder, but his height and physicality make him an ideal Premier League and Sam Allardyce player.
Everton are looking particularly thin in centre-midfield, with James McCarthy still recovering from a broken leg. And with only a few viable options in Idrissa Gueye, Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin, Fellaini would surely slot straight into the Toffees’ starting XI.
Sam Allardyce sides are not exactly famed for playing attractive football, but his tactics are perfectly suited to Fellaini’s game and could see him reemerge as one of Everton’s key players.