Liverpool could be forced to play both Harry Wilson and Xherdan Shaqiri over the next few months. The Reds reportedly have a plan for the duo.

The Daily Star reports that Liverpool still want to sell Harry Wilson and Xherdan Shaqiri in January. It’s not exactly a secret that the Reds hoped to move the duo on over the summer, though.

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This from the Liverpool Echo explains the situation on deadline. They were ‘relaxed’ about keeping Wilson but only if Shaqiri moved on. Now both are at the club – not an ideal scenario.

Liverpool wanted to get £40m for the pair, valuing each at £20m. And if they want anything like that in January, they may be forced to play them.

Forced hand

It will be incredibly difficult to convince anyone to part with £20m for a player who hasn’t played regular football for six months. That’s the situation, though, if Liverpool don’t play Wilson or Shaqiri before January.

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There’s no League Cup to fall back on, either – it’ll be Premier League or Champions League.

This is exactly what Liverpool will have hoped to avoid. Keeping one isn’t too bad as there isn’t obvious, natural cover for Mohamed Salah on the right flank. Both Wilson and Shaqiri play there, making it the obvious spot for each. But both? There just aren’t enough games where minutes will naturally come about for them.

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Thus the Reds may have to force it and throw the duo into more games than they want. It is a packed schedule, so rotation is necessary, but Liverpool wanted to sell Wilson and Shaqiri for a reason – they’re not good enough for Liverpool.

Despite that, we may well see quite a bit of them over the next three months.

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