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
Paris Saint-Germain set to sell 23-year-old Liverpool target for €15m this January
The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season, and PSG are not willing to let the midfielder leave for nothing.
The report adds that Barcelona were close to landing Rabiot on a free but PSG claimed that the Catalans did not act “correctly”.
Rabiot’s wage demands could increase the overall value of the transfer, and the report adds that PSG are not willing to deal with Barcelona any more.
Liverpool could do with another quality midfielder in their side, despite having several options in the side.
However, Adam Lallana has had a tough time related to injuries while James Milner isn’t getting any younger at 33.
Jurgen Klopp has pulled off some great cheap signings with Joel Matip joining on a free while Andy Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri have been smart purchases.
Rabiot has the talent to be one of the best in the world, but he needs to be under the right manager. Klopp has performed miracles with some players at Anfield, and it would be great to have a talent like the Frenchman playing for us.
Former Manchester City midfielder “scared” of Liverpool in Premier League race
Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed that he is scared of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League.
The Ivorian won the Premier League with City a few years ago and was speaking on Sky Sports where he claimed that the Reds were doing well and were “very strong” (h/t Daily Star).
The midfielder lauded our efforts at reaching the Champions League final last season and claimed we were growing together.
Winning the Premier League in consecutive seasons is extremely tough, something that Toure touched upon. The former Barcelona midfielder spoke about Manchester City keeping hold of their title this season before adding that he was scared of the Reds:
“This year I know everybody was asking the question of what City are going to do this year.
“And I think we have to see what’s going to happen.
“To be honest, Liverpool are in good, good shape at the moment and I’m very scared of them.
“Liverpool are looking very, very scary this year.”
The Reds are four points clear at the top of the table after the latest round of fixtures. Liverpool needed to return to winning ways after losses against Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were professional against Brighton at the weekend with Mohamed Salah scoring the only goal of the game.
The Reds have some relatively easy fixtures coming up to keep hold of their lead in the Premier League, and hopefully, we can celebrate a first Premier League title this season.
33 wins, 24 clean sheets – The numbers from this Liverpool star’s first 50 games for the Reds are incredible
Virgil van Dijk played his 50th game for Liverpool against Brighton, and the Reds picked up all three points thanks to Mohamed Salah’s winner.
The Reds also kept a clean sheet, something that the defender would cherish and the Liverpool website shared some interesting facts from the Dutchman’s 50 games under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool established their second longest run without conceding a league goal at Anfield in 2018. The Reds did not concede for 918 minutes as Callum Paterson scored for Cardiff in October to break a streak that started in Feb.
The Dutchman was the only defender to have played in all games that lasted the run.
24 clean sheets
This has got to be the best record of them all with almost half of the games Van Dijk played in yielding a clean sheet.
This season has been better with 13 clean sheets from 22 Premier League games as the Reds have tightened up the back thanks to the signing of Alisson.
Dominating the opposition
Van Dijk has an incredible success percentage when it comes to duels, with the defender winning 71.69% of the 445 contested duels.
The defender also leads the team in clearances (272), blocks (21) and interceptions (59).
Incredible passing numbers
Van Dijk has attempted more passes (3,643) than any other Liverpool player and has an accuracy of 88.64%.
The Reds have been supreme this season with Van Dijk leading from the back, and we have lost just one game in the Premier League too.
Liverpool have won 33 of the games that Van Dijk has played in with seven draws and 10 defeats so far.
The Dutchman has been one of our best signings under Klopp and is well on his way to becoming a legend at the club if he keeps playing this way.
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