According to reports from the ECHO, Jurgen Klopp is willing to sanction the sale of winger Xherdan Shaqiri if interested parties are willing to offer Liverpool’s valuation of £28 million – more than double than what the Reds paid for the Switzerland international in 2018.
Shaqiri, 28, signed for the Reds almost two seasons ago after Liverpool had activated his release clause of £13 million [BBC Sport] from the relegated Stoke City.
The former Bayern Munich prodigy has proven a shrewd addition for Liverpool after the Reds secured the Swiss star’s services on the cheap.
Shaqiri has clocked up 40 appearances on Merseyside and played a role in 12 goals during his inaugural campaign at Anfield – including a pin-point assist against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final victory last season.
However, Shaqiri’s second campaign has been plagued by injury and the former Inter Milan starlet has been limited to just 10 outings all season. He has started just two Premier League matches for the English champions-elect and has only one goal.
The Mirror recently reported that Shaqiri was one of six Liverpool players who could depart the club this season alongside Dejan Lovren, Loris Karius, Nathaniel Clyne, Divock Clyne and Naby Keita.
£28 million would be a masterclass from Edwards
If Liverpool were to land such an eye-watering fee for Shaqiri it would represent one of the greatest masterstrokes orchestrated by the Reds’ sporting director Michael Edwards.
Klopp may have spent in excess of just over £400 million during his four-year tenure but his net spend stands at around £80 million. Put into context, Manchester City’s net spend over the same period is around five times greater.
This has largely been down to the meticulous work Klopp and Edwards have overseen regarding transfers in recent years.
The fees received for outgoings such as Christian Benteke, Mamadou Sakho, Jordan Ibe, Brad Smith and Domonic Solanke amount to around £98 million with add-ons.
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah cost a combined total in the area of £102 million. Even taking into account how transfer prices have rocketed in the past few years, that’s nothing shy of extraordinary business.