Liverpool are the latest to be linked with a move for Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke City according to reports from the Guardian.
The Swiss international is part of the World Cup squad but is willing to move away from the relegated side and continue playing in the Premier League.
The report claims that the 26-year-old has a release clause in the range of £12m-£13.5m which can be activated since the club suffered relegation last season.
Liverpool fans were quick to jump on this rumour and here are some of the best reactions from Twitter. We believe Shaqiri can be a good backup option considering his skill sets – Pace and trickery which go hand in hand to the Klopp’s style of football.
Oh Bobby when you score like that 🎶
You make, Mané go mad 🎶
— Conor Crosbie (@ConArtistLFC) June 6, 2018
Wait… we can get Shaqiri for £12m and people are genuinely upset by it? He’s only 26, played everywhere, and can make moments of brilliance like this on the biggest stage. I’m absolutely behind it! pic.twitter.com/KPHjEppZGB
— LFC Podcasting Couch (@PodcastingCouch) June 6, 2018
Shaqiri created more chances than anyone at Liverpool this season (Salah 1st with 59) and only the front 3 hit the back of the net more times.
Not bad for a cheap back-up option 👌🏻
— LFC Stats (@LFCData) June 6, 2018
As the LFC link to Shaqiri gains pace somewhere in a peaceful village in Portugal Simao Sabrosa looks at his phone anxiously anticipating a call from LFC to revive his dream move from 2007!
— Akki (@Akki_SwagMan) June 6, 2018
Shaqiri’s goal against Everton with his bad foot 👌 pic.twitter.com/CaoS6qzRCw
— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) June 6, 2018
Keita and Fabinho signed.
Fekir demanding to go to Liverpool.
Firmino hyping up the Alisson deal.
Shaqiri linked as a back up.
— FirminoFam 👑 (@FirminoFam) June 6, 2018
I have always been a fan of Xherdan Shaqiri from his Basel days. I’ll gladly welcome him to LFC as a back up. Guess some of you didn’t see our bench against Real Madrid
— Enyioma (@LFCValde) June 6, 2018
If Alexis Sanchez knew how to play football instead of the piano you’d have Xherdan Shaqiri. Sign him up Reds
— LFC Stanley House 🇩🇪 (@LFCStanleyHouse) June 6, 2018
We sold Ibe for £15m when he hadn’t even scored a PL goal and people wanna moan at us possibly getting Shaqiri for £12m lmao
— Savage (@SavageLFC) June 6, 2018
If anyone thinks getting Shaqiri for as low as 12mil is a bad idea – you should go back in time to the Kiev final and recall our “options” off the bench
— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@YaroLFC) June 6, 2018
Genuine interest from #LFC in Xherdan Shaqiri, who would provide depth across the attacking positions. Danger from set-pieces, creative, can be decisive in the final third. Release clause of around £12 million makes it low risk.
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) June 6, 2018
Signing Moses Simon and Xherdan Shaqiri for a combined £22 million would be great business for #LFC. Strong backup for Mane and Salah.
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) June 6, 2018
Liverpool star cuts short international duty after picking up rib injury
The report claims that the centre-back has returned to the club after being ruled out of the friendly against Belgium.
A statement from the Dutch team (h/t Liverpool Echo) said:
“After consultation, it was decided to use the player only for the game against Germany.”
The report adds that Liverpool will assess the injury, and we will then get an idea of the extent of his problem.
Van Dijk had a rib problem earlier in the season and was rested in our Carabao Cup loss against Chelsea. The Dutchman has been reliable at the back and is one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
Liverpool’s next game is against Huddersfield on Saturday, and it will be interesting to see who will play in the heart of the defence.
Jurgen Klopp can call upon Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip to partner Joe Gomez in the back as the match against the Terriers should not be the most difficult outing.
Gomez has been the other centre-back who has been brilliant for us this season and in all probability, Lovren should partner the English youngster.
Liverpool’s next tough game is against Arsenal on 3 November, and hopefully, Van Dijk will be fit for the clash at the Emirates.
“Exactly what I expected” – Liverpool’s summer signing opens up on his time at Anfield so far
Shaqiri also has a couple of starts to his name but is hopeful of more chances as the season is still in its infancy. The 27-year-old was speaking to Aargauer Zeitung (h/t Mirror) and added that he is waiting for his opportunity to shine.
“You don’t have to keep me happy.
“The process has worked well for me so far. Sure, every professional wants to play. I do too, but there are still a lot of games to come.
“On top of that, you just need to look and acknowledge what has been done at Liverpool recently. A lot of people did a good job.
“That’s why everything hasn’t been turned upside down overnight.”
The Swiss star was aware he would have to work hard to gain a foothold at Liverpool too.
“What is happening is exactly what I expected. I decided to move to Liverpool fully aware that I would have a harder time in a club of this standing than, for example, other clubs that tried to help me.”
Shaqiri has looked decent in all the games he has played and should get a few starts given we don’t face tough opposition in the coming weeks.
The Reds take on Huddersfield, Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff in the three games after the international break, and this would be the ideal time to start the 27-year-old.
Out of favour Liverpool youngster wanted by Everton – Toffees willing to let go of Turkish striker
The 23-year-old isn’t a part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans, as per the report, and Everton boss Marco Silva is interested in the Belgian striker.
Origi was on loan at Wolfsburg last season but failed to light it up at the Bundesliga club. The 23-year-old has had a tough time in recent seasons at Liverpool and hasn’t played a single minute for the team this season.
The report claims that Everton are open to letting Cenk Tosun move to Besiktas if they can sign Origi from Liverpool.
The Belgian was linked to a couple of clubs in the summer window but Liverpool didn’t sell him as they weren’t getting what they wanted for the striker.
With Daniel Sturridge back in form and Roberto Firmino leading the line, Origi would find it tough to get first-team minutes at Anfield.
We also have youngsters such as Ben Woodburn and Dominic Solanke trying to break into the first-team, thus adding more competition for the forward slots at the club.
It will be interesting to see if Everton follow up their interest in the winter window. There haven’t been many occasions of a player swapping clubs in Merseyside with the last one being Abel Xavier.
Origi does need to move away for more minutes on the pitch, and joining a new club should be his aim when the transfer window opens.
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