Xherdan Shaqiri and his 2020/21 season prospects appear to firmly lie at Anfield amid reports that Liverpool have no plans to sell the 28-year-old this summer, clam Goal.
Shaqiri managed to clock up just 11 appearances last season and started on just two occasions during Liverpool’s procession to the Premier League title.
However, the former Bayern Munich prospect showcased his quality during the 7-2 victory against Lincoln City on Thursday night and remains a high-class option for Jurgen Klopp off the bench.
“It was a super game from Shaq in a quite, I’m not sure, unfamiliar position – slightly deeper in midfield,” was Klopp’s verdict on Shaqiri following the midweek Carabao Cup win. “He did it really, really well.
“There is no doubt about Shaq’s quality, there never was, and in the moment everything looks really, really good, it looks promising. We will see.”
Shaqiri made three key passes against during the nine-goal thriller at Sincil Bank – more than any player on the pitch – and it was the Switzerland international’s pile-driver from a free-kick that opened the scoring for Liverpool.
The Echo previously reported back in March that Liverpool have been open to the sale of the winger since January.
Liverpool had previously turned down offers from Sevilla and Roma for Shaqiri earlier this year as Klopp was unwilling to sell one of his squad players in the midst of their title campaign.
Shaqiri himself remains happy at the club and is currently contracted at Anfield until 2023.
The Independent recently reported that although Liverpool were previously open to the sale of Shaqiri, the player himself had showcased no desire to leave.
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Shaqiri proved his quality in the League Cup on Thursday and also showcased his versatility having been forced to play in a much deeper role than he is used to in order to help accommodate Marko Grujic.
It was a timely performance as it showed even with the added attacking boost of Diogo Jota, that Shaqiri still has plenty to offer Liverpool.
The Telegraph recently reported that Shaqiri was amongst a number of Liverpool stars who could be sold to raise additional funds at the club.
However, Liverpool have since clocked up a combined £25.4 million following the sales of Dejan Lovren and Ki-Jana Hoever to Zenit St Petersburg and Wolves respectively.
Also, with Harry Wilson closing in on a £15 million move to Burnley and Rhian Brewster a transfer priority of Sheffield United, Liverpool may feel that financially the club are in a position of strength and do not need to offload the likes of Shaqiri to accommodate further revenue for the club.
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