Reports from Turkey indicate that Galatasaray are interested in raiding Liverpool for forward Xherdan Shaqiri, who is contracted at Anfield until 2023.
Shaqiri, 29, joined Liverpool in the summer of 2018 from Stoke City and was a big success in his first season – playing a part in the club’s historic comeback against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final, and then final win.
However, last season, injury limited Shaqiri to just 11 appearances during Liverpool’s procession to the Premier League title. This term, he has featured more prominently under Jurgen Klopp clocking up five appearances – he has come off the bench in both of Liverpool’s previous two league matches.
Fotomac claim that manager Fatih Terim reportedly went on a scouting mission to watch the Liverpool winger on international duty and has asked Galatasaray to make a deal happen.
The same outlet previously reported that Fenerbahce were also keen on landing Shaqiri while Sevilla and Roma had approaches turned down by Liverpool earlier this year.
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Instead, it is Galatasaray who are the latest European side looking to swoop for Shaqiri with the Turkish giants currently boasting the likes of Radamel Falcao and Adra Turan within their ranks.
What RTK has to say
The idea of Liverpool letting Shaqiri go midway through the season is extremely unlikely given the fact Jurgen Klopp’s squad is currently dropping like flies.
When you consider the number of injuries the manager has already had to combat this season, it just wouldn’t make sense for Liverpool to consider letting go of a player who could have huge internal value during what is set to be the busiest period of the season so far.
After the conclusion of the international break, a stretch of 11 games in just 36 days lies ahead.
Taking into account the number of existing injury woes and the curtailed pre-season, there looks set to be plenty of squad rotation in the weeks to come.
Klopp was settled on a first XI at the end of last season, yet unforeseen circumstances have denied the Liverpool boss with such luxuries this term.
He has been forced to tinker with the system and integrate and utilise new and unproven options to help cater for so many sufficient losses.
Such squad depth, is about to be tested again with a game a shade over every three days.
With that said, the idea of Liverpool allowing an important squad member such as Shaqiri to leave at such a critical period of the season is nothing shy of ludicrous.