Amid reports that Xherdan Shaqiri is attracting the interest of Turkish side Galatasaray ahead of the upcoming summer window, the Switzerland international has finally spoken out on his personal Twitter page – and many Liverpool supporters have reacted to the news.
The link with Galatasaray comes after The Mirror claimed Shaqiri was one of six players vulnerable of an Anfield exit. The former Stoke City star along with Dejan Lovren, Loris Karius, Nathaniel Clyne, Dicock Origi and Naby Keita were all included as potential Anfield outgoings.
— Xherdan Shaqiri (@XS_11official) March 28, 2020
Shaqiri, 29, re-shared an emotional video message from Jurgen Klopp in which the manager thanks NHS staff and health workers around the globe who are helping to prevent the spread of Covid-19 during the ongoing global pandemic.
The former Bayern Munich star who also appears with his Liverpool teammates in the four-minute clip, posted the video using a hashtag which read: “Stay safe”.
It was Shaqiri’s first personal Twitter post since December of last year when Liverpool were crowned world champions in Qatar.
The former Inter Milan forward joined the Reds back in 2018 after Liverpool activated the Switzerland international’s £13 million [BBC Sport] buyout-clause.
Since his Anfield arrival, the former Bayern Munich star has clocked up 40 appearances for Liverpool, playing a part in 12 goals during his inaugural campaign on Merseyside.
His second season has seen Shaqiri burdened by ongoing injury concerns and the two-time Champions League winner has been restricted to just 10 appearances all season.
Turkish outlet Fotomac claim that Shaqiri is catching the attention of Galatasaray, who currently remain in the mix for the SuperLiga title this season with the Yellow-Reds currently in third just three points behind leaders Trabzonspor.
Meanwhile, The ECHO have also claimed that Liverpool could command an eye-watering £28 million asking price for Shaqiri with Galatasaray potentially looking to orchestrate a loan-to-buy deal for the versatile attacker.
Shaqiri’s current Anfield contract is set to expire in 2023 despite the Liverpool man recently being dubbed with a summer exit.
Following Shaqiri’s first personal Twitter post of the new year, many Liverpool supporters have responded pleading with the tricky winger to stay on Merseyside amid reports that he could be off to Turkey.
Here are a selection of responses…
Don’t go Shaq, stay pleaseeeee pic.twitter.com/waDWARRRCF
— 𝔹𝕊 (@BSSLFC) March 28, 2020
The GOAT pic.twitter.com/GgbwULMmi9
— ً (@SADIOSHAIRLINE) March 28, 2020
Don't go shaq we love youu
— . (@lfcfigoo) March 28, 2020
Miss you Big Shaq. Stay safe ❤️
— manman (@Livmanman) March 28, 2020
— LFC (@xMCRx13) March 28, 2020
Please don't leave..ucl is nothing without you
— أكمل عقيل (@13_akmalaqil) March 28, 2020