According to reports, Jurgen Klopp would now rather keep Xherdan Shaqiri. Liverpool tried to sell the player for the season.
This is from the Liverpool Echo. They claim that Jurgen Klopp wants to keep Xherdan Shaqiri at the club after the January transfer window.
The Liverpool boss supposedly doesn’t want to go all-in on the front four of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota. Instead, he “would rather” have Shaqiri there as an option too.
This comes just months after the Reds reportedly tried to sell Shaqiri. The same outlet claims Liverpool wanted £ 20m for the Swiss winger, but clearly found no suitors.
Additionally, the club apparently preferred to keep Harry Wilson over Shaqiri – something that didn’t work either.
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However, it now appears that Shaqiri will be staying much longer than he should have.
What RTK has to say
Liverpool’s injury crisis has likely changed Klopp’s perspective on a team player like Shaqiri. He will not want to rely on just four attackers from the first team now.
Just look at the situation in the middle. The Reds entered the season with three first-choice options for two places. In a flash, there are two in the long run and Klopp has to change things to make the team work.
He doesn’t want a similar situation at the top.
So loving Shaqiri is undoubtedly the smartest thing to do, even if he’s vulnerable himself.
The Swiss hasn’t really had a long run of consistent games since shortly after his £ 13 million arrival. However, it makes perfect sense to have him ‘just in case’.
After all, we’ve already seen him play some good performances this season. A few more of those post-January and there’s no chance Liverpool would regret sticking to him.
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