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Opinion: Xherdan Shaqiri is forcing his way into Liverpool's plans

Xherdan Shaqiri might make Liverpool rethink their plans. The Swiss playmaker has had a wonderful Euro 2020.

Xherdan Shaqiri isn’t definitely in Liverpool’s plans next season. In fact, we imagine he very much isn’t.

The Reds reportedly expect offers this week from clubs, including Lazio. That’s according to the Liverpool Echo, who believe there’s a £13m price tag on the 29-year-old.

It’s hardly surprising stuff. Shaqiri just hasn’t played much over the last few years, with injuries and form keeping him out of the side. The idea that he’d leave soon makes a lot of sense.

Especially as Harvey Elliott is coming through the ranks. The youngster could be a part of the first-team squad next season and he plays a similar role to Shaqiri.

We’d fully expect the Swiss to make way, should Liverpool want Elliott around for the 2021/22 campaign.

And yet, maybe things aren’t that simple. Watching Shaqiri at Euro 2020, it’s easy to see how he’d fit into Liverpool’s plans.

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Does Xherdan Shaqiri fit into the plans?

Shaqiri has been really, really good at Euro 2020. Even in the opener, as Switzerland faced Wales, he was a creative force for his team.

He then grabbed two goals against Turkey to send Switzerland into the knockout rounds. Then earlier today, Shaqiri scored again as he equalised against Spain.

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It’s difficult to look at all of this and not see room for Shaqiri next season. Are Liverpool really going to replace his ability for £13m?

We can’t imagine how, unless they see Elliott as rapidly adapting to the Premier League. That’s essentially the only way we can see Shaqiri leaving.

He remains a player capable of delivering in big games, at big times, and doing so in style. There aren’t many players like that around and essentially none in that price bracket.

A change of plans may be in order, then. Liverpool might just want to include Shaqiri in their plans.

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