Star Liverpool winger could leave the club next year
According to reports in England, Liverpool could have to deal with a major blow as one of their star players could be on his way out from Anfield. Reports claim that Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri is frustrated due to lack of playing time at Anfield and could request for a transfer in near future.
The two-time Champions League winner has played just 14 minutes of football so far this season although injuries have also played a major role behind that. But things would have hardly changed even if he had stayed fit as Liverpool are blessed with two of the best wingers in the world in Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Fondly called 'Alpine Messi', Shaqiri is now 28 and wants to feature in the starting XI more often. He recognizes the fact that he will never be able to get that at Liverpool and, therefore, he could ask for a move in January, if reports are to be believed.
However, it is unlikely that Jurgen Klopp will let the Swiss superstar move in January as he sees him as someone who can be a game-changer from the bench. Even though the former Bayern Munich winger was not a regular last season, he had his moments and was a crucial part of Liverpool's Champions League triumph especially in the miraculous semi final second leg comeback against Barcelona at Anfield.
Klopp is, however, likely to sanction a move for Shaqiri in the summer when he can bring in someone to replace the creative Swiss winger. Highly-rated and highly-coveted Jadon Sancho is wanted by Liverpool.
The Reds are also linked strongly with a move for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser on a cut-price deal and he could also be a solid replacement for Shaqiri. Even if Liverpool do not sign a right-winger, they will be boosted by the return of Harry Wilson from loan from Bournemouth and he seems like a solid squad player as well.
Wilson will be 23 when he returns from loan. Despite making a strong case for himself for several years on loan, he is yet to make his debut for his boyhood club and it is high time that Klopp decides his future. With his eye for a goal and excellent left foot which can score absolute worldies, the Welshman could finally get his breakthrough to the Liverpool first team next season.
It might seem strange to let Shaqiri go so soon after he arrived from Stoke City, but he is at an age where the Reds could look to cash in. Having paid just £13 million for him, they could make a good profit from his sale.
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