Reported interest in Musa Al-Tamari is bad reading for Xherdan Shaqiri
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Reported interest in Musa Al-Tamari is bad reading for Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool reportedly want Musa Al-Tamari – a move that doesn’t look good for Xherdan Shaqiri.

Bleacher Report recently claimed that the Reds are tracking Al-Tamari. The 22-year-old is currently at APOEL in Cyprus and is generating interest.

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And as we said in our initial report of that claim, Al-Tamari fits the bill at Liverpool. He’s young, he’s looking to make the step up and he’d be value for money, given the league he plays in.

Those are all things Liverpool look for and the first two, in particular, apply to virtually everyone at the club. Including a signing made nearly two years ago – Shaqiri.

Liverpool signed Shaqiri for a reported £13m from Stoke City after the Potters went down. It was a very smart move, too, as the Reds picked up an experienced and talented squad player for little money.

Shaqiri hasn’t quite made the impact we thought, however. The Swiss has spent most of his time on the bench – the only frequent starts came in December 2018.

And so, when it’s said that Liverpool could sell Shaqiri (per James Pearce), reports of interest in Al-Tamari don’t look good for him.

Shaqiri is six years older, after all, and doesn’t have a secure place in the squad. That means there isn’t too much risk in replacing him – especially as he’s unlikely to improve.

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Al-Tamari will, however, and if Liverpool think he can become a good player, he’s likely to have that squad role. He may break into the first-team one day, while it’s highly unlikely that 28-year-old Shaqiri will.

And if it turns out that Liverpool are looking at younger options who play the same position, then just the interest alone suggests Shaqiri isn’t long for Anfield.

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