The Swiss international has struggled for regular game time during his stay at Anfield and has admitted that this is the time to make some big decisions.
Xherdan Shaqiri has hinted that he is actively for a move away from Liverpool, with a “solution” required to his lack of regular playing time in the starting XI.
The Swiss midfielder arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2018 knowing he would face fierce competition for places.
There appeared to be acceptance at the start that he was only joining Jurgen Klopp’s ranks as a squad player. But that attitude may have changed now.
A memorable double against Manchester United
Shaqiri did make 30 appearances across all competitions, becoming a second-time UEFA Champions League winner while playing for Liverpool. But he only had 11 Premier League starts in the 2018/19 season.
Shaquiri had his special moments, among them a memorable double against Manchester United marking the end of Jose Mourinho’s reign with the “Red Devils”.
Jurgen Klopp has, however, continued to regularly favor other players in both midfield and attacking berths. And with Divock Origi becoming the first striker usually coming from the bench by now, Shaqiri is now being forced to weigh up his options.
With the transfer window in England closed but still open across Europe his options seem to be plentiful. A return to the German Bundesliga may be a possibility, a move to Spain or Italy as well. In any case, the enigmatic 27-year-old Swiss-Albanian made it clear to Langenthaler Tagblatt on his current standing: “I’m disappointed that I did not play anymore. “Nobody likes to sit on the bench. It’s clear that I want more time. I have to look at the situation and find a solution.”
More likely than a move to Germany, Spain or Italy seem a move to Turkey or France. It has already been suggested that Shaqiri has attracted substantial interest from clubs in both countries, with Galatasaray and Monaco among his suitors.
The former Bayern Munich star points out, however, that no proposals have not yet been put forward to him. He added: “I have no idea where all this has been coming from. I do not know about these offers.”
Until a move has been finalized Shaqiri must try to force Jurgen Klopp to see him as a solid alternative to his current line-up of strikers. Liverpool will be back in Premier League action on Saturday against Southampton. They started their Premier League campaign for the 2019-20 title with a convincing 4-1 victory over Norwich.
Liverpool have no problems whatsoever in midfield or attack, but with their goalkeepers. Especially since new goalkeeper hero Adrian may also be off for some time after being hit by a fan after his penalty shoot-out savings. .