Liverpool have a wealth of talent at the club at the minute. The Reds have assembled a squad for the ages, perhaps one of the defining features of the side is the astounding consistency. This consistency makes it hard to break into the team. Former Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld has urged Xherdan Shaqiri to leave Liverpool in pursuit of more game time.

Former Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld has urged Xherdan Shaqiri to leave Liverpool

Former Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld has urged Xherdan Shaqiri to leave Liverpool (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Shaqiri at Liverpool

The Reds signed Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City in 2018, paying £13m for the Swiss international.

Shaq was seen by many to be a shrewd purchase, he arrived with a wealth of first team experience and title winning pedigree having picked up a string of trophies at Bayern Munich, including the Champions League.

At Liverpool he has become European champion again, as well as world champion and Premier League champion.

He has made 42 appearances for the Reds, scoring eight goals.

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Hitzfeld tells Shaqiri to leave

Ex-Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld has told Xherdan Shaqiri to leave Liverpool in pursuit of more regular game time.

The former coach has been quoted in Swiss outlet Blick as saying:

“As a coach, I know it: your regular eleven works and you want a refreshment on the bench. That Shaqiri wasn’t even on the line-up is a clear sign from the coach.

“Xherdan should move to a club where he plays regularly. He must be happy again; we all want to see happy Xherdan again. A change would be good for everyone around him and for his fans.

“A Premier League club in secure midfield would be a good step, or in the Bundesliga a club like Gladbach, Leverkusen or Wolfsburg. To gain a foothold again and to get match practice.”

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The Swiss international was rumoured to be on his way this summer.

Back in January, Sky Italia linked Roma with a move for the serial winner. The Liverpool ECHO claimed that the Reds would be willing to part with the creative midfielder for £25m.

However, no such move has materialised as of yet. We can likely chalk this up to the impact of the pandemic, the Reds won’t want to lower their valuation and potential buyers will be strapped for cash.

We understand what Hitzfeld means, even though he may be speaking quite out of turn, it would benefit the Swiss star to get back to playing regularly again – somebody just needs to meet the asking price.

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