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Report: Lazio join the hunt for Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri

According to a report from The Express, Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri has become the subject of interest to Serie A outfit Lazio after the Italian club missed out on the signature of Manchester City’s David Silva.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa at Anfield on July 5, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA.Getty Images)

The Manchester City club-captain was expected to switch to the Stadio Olimpico following 10-years at the Etihad Stadium but instead opted late to move to his native Spain with La Liga outfit Real Sociedad.

Lazio will now switch their attention to Shaqiri, who was limited to just two Premier League starts last season during Liverpool’s procession to the title.

Shaqiri – who earns £80,000-a-week according to Spotrac – has been a peripheral figure for Liverpool over the past 12 months with a number of injuries hindering the momentum gained from an impressive 2018/19 campaign.

The report claims Liverpool could sell the Switzerland international at the right price although the club will not let Shaqiri leave cheaply as the Reds’ attacking cover is still very-much limited following numerous transfer windows without any big-money moves.

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Shaqiri, 28, has three years remaining on his Liverpool contract which works to the Reds’ favour as the club will be in no position to budge financially although the transfer committee could be tempted to sell if Lazio bid anywhere near Liverpool’s valuation of the player.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 04, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Stick or twist?

The Daily Mail recently repored that Liverpool have identified Watford forward Ismaila Sarr as a potential attacking addition which could prompt the club to sell Shaqiri if the price were right.

According to reports from The Liverpool Echo, Shaqiri was previously valued at £25m but due to the financial uncertainty caused from to the ongoing global pandemic, it is hard to see any club paying close to that value.

A fresh start at Lazio could benefit Shaqiri who is firmly in the peak years of his career and may not want a third consecutive season operating as a fringe player.

The safe option for Liverpool will be to stick with Shaqiri and hope that injuries concerns are behind the former Bayern Munich star and that he can have a similar impact as he did during his inaugural Anfield campaign two years ago.

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