Liverpool midfielder tells friends he’ll ‘leave the club’ next year


LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool celebrates following his sides victory in the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Repeated injury setbacks and the unrelenting form of the Liverpool front three have severely limited the playing opportunities for the 28-year-old midfielder at the club.

Xherdan Shaqiri has told his friends that he is ready to quit Liverpool at the end of the 2019/20 season, as per a report from Football Insider.

The report has come barely a month after Shaqiri admitted his dissatisfaction over his lack of playing time at the Merseyside club this season.

Shaqiri has made only one start for Liverpool in the whole of 2019, with the Swiss midfielder playing just 11 minutes in his two substitute appearances so far this Premier League campaign.

Little wonder, then, that news have come out of the 28-year-old Swiss midfielder considering his future and telling his friends that he’d like to move on in next summer’s transfer window.

Shaqiri tells friends he’d leave Liverpool next summer

Shaqiri
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland look on during the International Friendly match between England and Switzerland on September 11, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Repeated injuries have ravaged the Swiss midfielder’s career at Merseyside since his £13.5m move from relegated Stoke City before the start of last season.

However, while his time on the treatment table has also reduced Shaqiri’s stock in the eyes of Jurgen Klopp, it is the form of those ahead of him in the pecking order which has further limited playing opportunities for the former Bayern Munich man.

The Liverpool front three of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane have shown no signs of relenting since Shaqiri’s arrival at the Merseyside, giving Klopp little reason to nominate the Swiss winger ahead of them in the club’s starting XI.

The emergence of Divock Origi and the return to fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have further diminished Shaqiri’s importance at the club. The Belgian striker has stepped up for Liverpool in important games whereas Chamberlain has been deadly since his return from injury earlier this season.

Throw into the mix the 28-year-old’s repeated injury problems, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that 16-year-old Harvey Elliot has played more minutes for the senior Liverpool side than the two-time Champions League winner Shaqiri.

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Are Liverpool already preparing for life after the Swiss midfielder?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool celebrates after scoring their 2nd goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images)

While their transfer plans won’t be disturbed by the potential departure of Shaqiri, recent transfer rumors indicate that the Reds have already put in motion plans for next summer.

The six times European Champions have repeatedly been linked with Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho in the past few weeks, with news claiming that the Man City academy graduate has his heart set on the move to the Merseyside.

Also, while the 100m price tag which Dortmund have put on the player might deter other clubs, Liverpool, who didn’t spend a penny in the summer transfer window and look likely to do the same in January, will be in a position to splash the cash on the 19-year-old.

The Reds have also been linked with RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, with Klopp reportedly a huge admirer of the 23-year-old since his days in the Bundesliga with Dortmund. However, unlike Sancho who might replace one of the front three, Werner would have to agree to a back-up role at the club.

Given the increasing frequency of both these rumors in the last few weeks, it seems that Liverpool fans won’t be too bothered by the Swiss midfielder leaving the club if the club is able to go out and secure the services of any one of the two players mentioned above next summer.

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