Jurgen Klopp may be set for Xherdan Shaqiri Liverpool transfer rethink after player labelled ‘not a champion’ #EvertonFC

Jurgen Klopp may be set for Xherdan Shaqiri Liverpool transfer rethink after player labelled ‘not a champion’




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Jurgen Klopp could be reportedly about to change his mind about Xherdan Shaqiri’s Liverpool future just a week after the midfielder was labelled ‘not a champion’.

The Swiss attacker has only made ten appearances for the Reds this season, starting just six matches in all competitions, and scoring one goal against Everton in the Merseyside derby.

Last week Arno Rossini, a coach back in Shaqiri’s native Switzerland, said the player was ‘not a champion’, and offered the opinion the 28-year-old was happy to sit on the bench and just pick up his wages.

Before the coronavirus pandemic changed the entire football transfer landscape, it was thought by some that Shaqiri’s persistent injury troubles and lack of game time would see him off-loaded this summer, along with the likes of Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic.

But The Athletic are now suggesting Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has changed his mind and may now be planning to keep Shaqiri in his Liverpool squad next season.

They say Liverpool would have been hoping for a fee in the region of €30 million before the pandemic struck but, with many clubs now feeling the financial pinch, there is a school of thought that if suitable offers are not forthcoming keeping hold of the player for another 12 months could prove to be more beneficial.

Shaqiri’s tally of less than 200 minutes of Premier League football this season follows on the back of another injury-hit campaign in 2018/19 when he only made 10 league starts.

Yet he produced two memorable cameos in the December league win over Manchester United at Anfield when he scored twice late on to turn a draw into a win and the Champions League semi-final second leg fightback against Barcelona, which saw him swing in the cross for Gini Wijnaldum’s vital equaliser.

Although his only real significant contribution this season was a goal in the Anfield league derby against Everton, his joyous reaction at Melwood when returning to training last week following the clinching of the league title showed his positive mentality even after having only played a minor role.

And Klopp’s recent comments about the importance of the back-ups in his squad shows that Shaqiri’s popularity within the squad may mean his Anfield career has more legs than many people expect.

Klopp said last week: “If you are a football supporter, you want a backup for him and him, even if you are completely happy with everyone, you want backups.

“We have a lot of…we don’t have a first XI, I say we have a first 16 or 17, they can all play to the same level.”

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The uncertain transfer landscape in the wake of Covid-19 may stymie the hopes of many players of getting the move of their dreams but for some – and possibly Shaqiri – it may end up giving them another chance they may not have otherwise received.



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