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According to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth (h/t the Express), Liverpool’s signing of Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City could lead to three deals involving Premier League clubs.

“One man that has definitely signed for Liverpool is, of course, Xherdan Shaqiri,” Sheth said on Sky Sports News (h/t the Express)

“The Swiss international moved from Stoke City for £13.5m and the transfer could accelerate a few other deals.

“Stoke are in advanced talks with Newcastle United over the signing of winger Matt Ritchie.

“It’s thought the clubs are still apart on their valuations, with Newcastle’s asking price around £15m. We’re told though that Ritchie is open to the transfer.

“If the Ritchie deal can be done, then Newcastle could fund a move for the Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend.

“One source has told us it would take at least £17m to take Townsend back to St James’ Park but Palace manager Roy Hodgson says he has no interest in selling.

“But despite Hodgson’s comments, it seems Palace are looking around for potential Townsend replacements.

“Top of their list is West Ham United’s Michail Antonio. It’s thought West Ham would consider offers upwards of £15m. I think you call that the domino effect.”

It is indeed bizarre to see our club signing a player that may lead to further deals involving three different clubs. But that shouldn’t be our concern as we have finally landed the player we were chasing.

Shaqiri became Jurgen Klopp’s third signing of the summer as he joined for a bargain £13m due to a relegation release clause in his Stoke contract. Of course, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will continue to be in the starting XI but having an experienced and proven Premier League player lined up behind them is crucial for our club to challenge for silverware next season.

The stocky 26-year-old, who was a shining light for Switzerland in the recently concluded World Cup, should be able to provide quality back up at the very least and perhaps even serious competition to Salah. Considering his talent, experience and quality, there is very low risk attached to this signing.

Shaqiri’s career has been rather strange as he juggled from FC Basel to Bayern Munich and then to Inter Milan before ending up at Stoke City three years ago. In a Stoke side devoid of creativity and energy, the Swiss ace was their star performer last season.

Read more: ‘There’s no way Klopp sold this to him’: ESPN pundit comments on how Liverpool signed Xherdan Shaqiri

The move to our club will allow Shaqiri to play at a really high level again.

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Liverpool star cuts short international duty after picking up rib injury

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Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk was amongst the goals against Germany for the Netherlands but the defender has a rib injury, as per the Liverpool Echo.

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.

Virgil van Dijk

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.

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Liverpool’s next tough game is against Arsenal on 3 November, and hopefully, Van Dijk will be fit for the clash at the Emirates.

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“Exactly what I expected” – Liverpool’s summer signing opens up on his time at Anfield so far

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Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri has admitted that he knew about the difficulties in starting for Liverpool, and is willing to bide his time for his chance.

The former Stoke City attacker joined the Reds in the summer for £13million (h/t Mirror) but hasn’t scored a goal this season.

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.”

Xherdan Shaqiri

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.

Read more: “There’s a great football culture” – Former Liverpool star credits club for helping his development

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.

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Out of favour Liverpool youngster wanted by Everton – Toffees willing to let go of Turkish striker

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Divock Origi has emerged as a target for our Merseyside rivals Everton, according to Turkish outlet Aksam (h/t Mirror).

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.

Divock Origi gave Liverpool the lead

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.

Read more: “There’s a great football culture” – Former Liverpool star credits club for helping his development

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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