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Report: £80,000-a-week Liverpool star on the radars of Serie A giants

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By Raghavendra Goudar

Liverpool star Xherdan Shaqiri wanted by Lazio

According to reputed journalist Nicolo Schira (h/t Express), Serie A giants Lazio are interested in Liverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri, after they missed out on the signing of David Silva.

The Italian capital club were keen on recruiting Silva after his contract with our rivals Manchester City ran out. And it seemed like the Spaniard would be joining them, only for him to make a late U-turn and sign for Real Sociedad. This has seen Lazio turn their attention towards other targets, with Shaqiri one among them. (h/t Express)

The 28-year-old Shaqiri has been with the club since 2018, having arrived from Stoke City. The Switzerland international had a productive debut campaign at Anfield, finishing with six goals and five assists from 30 matches in all competitions.

Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri played sparingly this past season

However, the season gone by was a difficult one for Shaqiri as he spent a vast majority out on the sidelines. The 28-year-old just featured 11 times in all competitions, managing a solitary goal. Even when he was fit, manager Jurgen Klopp did not favour using him on a regular basis.

Given that he is far from being a regular in the starting XI, Lazio are now looking at capitalising on his situation by signing him up in the summer. (h/t Express)

The Switzerland international, however, has iterated his desire to stay at Liverpool and put behind what was a frustrating 2019/20 campaign for him personally. (h/t Express)

“Always if you are injured or if you are not playing, you’re frustrated. But I’m looking forward to this season and trying to help the team all the time, so I have the chance to play like the first season.”

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Shaqiri still has three years left on his £80,000-a-week contract with the club. Given that we will be competing on multiple fronts, adequate squad depth is a must. And in spite of his disappointing 2019/20 season, the Swiss forward is still of value. So, selling him might not be the best move, unless we are going to reinforce our attack.