Liverpool have prepared themselves for a fairly quiet summer transfer window yet circumstances could still yet change the dynamic regarding signings.
Already Liverpool have lost key personnel in both midfield and defence following the departures of Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren leaving two positions effectively still in need of filling.
Should Liverpool also choose to part ways with Xherdan Shaqiri then all of a sudden three experienced players in three completely separate positions have been moved on without sufficient replacement.
This could completely change the game for Liverpool and could validate a number of reports linking the Reds with moves for external options outside of the club.
The Daily Mail recently claimed that Liverpool want Watford’s Ismaila Sarr. They don’t go into much detail, but they believe that the forward is one of three main targets.
Sarr could be the perfect replacement for Shaqiri and a more reliable option to aid Liverpool’s attacking trident next season.
The Swiss winger made only two starts in the Merseyside outfit’s title-winning campaign and according to The Express, Liverpool are open to bids with Shaqiri likely to want more regular game-time elsewhere.
Losing Shaqiri – who currently earns £80,000-a-week according to Spotrac – would leave just Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino and Harvey Elliott as attacking options next season.
Also, Elliott is only 17 and in the early stages of his development so expecting the former Fulham trainee to make a significant impact next season is too much to ask from the teenager.
The Telegraph have reported that Jurgen Klopp is aware of the need to add depth to his squad of Premier League winners and that the German manager has begun exploring options now that the window is open.
Indeed, there will be complications following the ongoing effects of Covid-19, yet if Liverpool continue to sell then suddenly the demand for making fresh additions will only intensify.
Shaqiri’s expected departure could indeed be what changes the dynamic regarding Liverpool making signings and the former Bayern Munich star certainly won’t be without options.
Teams in Turkey reportedly want Shaqiri and could perhaps pay a price that significantly helps raise funds for reported Liverpool targets such as Sarr.
The reality is that players such as Shaqiri no longer serve much value to a team that is looking to defend the Premier League next season. If Liverpool’s interest in Sarr is to be concrete then paving the way for the 22-year-old should be prioritised.
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