Liverpool are ready to sanction the sale of Xherdan Shaqiri to Lazio, according to reports. But it’s a deal that doesn’t make much sense.
Corriere Dello Sport claims Liverpool will sanction a sale for Xherdan Shaqiri to Lazio. And they might do it soon.
On the face of it, that’s completely normal. It’s long been rumoured that the Swiss playmaker was leaving Liverpool and it does make some sense.
Shaqiri has been far from a first-team regular since moving to Anfield. He’s really a squad player at best, only featuring for short spells throughout the season.
It’s a shame – he’s had some brilliant moments – but Shaqiri simply hasn’t been able to lock down a regular spot. Selling him, then, seems normal.
At the same time, though, Shaqiri enjoyed a wonderful Euro 2020 where he consistently looked like a top player. He certainly appeared good enough to play a role with Liverpool next season.
And yet, the nature of this deal with Lazio suggests the Reds are happy to let him leave. The Italians are struggling for funds, they say, and can’t afford the asking price.
Shaqiri requested he be let go for virtually nothing and Liverpool said yes. They’re not going to get much of a fee for the player, it seems.
And that makes us wonder – what are they doing?
Xherdan Shaqiri sale
The Athletic were saying back in May that Liverpool needed to sell players in order to buy more this summer. That’s held true for months.
We’ve seen no more signings since Ibrahima Konate on Many 28th. In fact, the Independent claims Liverpool can’t really afford to bring anyone in. They might be done.
Why on Earth would they let a player as good as Shaqiri leave for nothing, then? Surely, Liverpool should try to extract everything they can from their players.
And if that means failing to secure their asking price, it should mean keeping the player and using them to their advantage. Especially after an impressive summer tournament.
It just doesn’t make sense to us. Maybe it would if Shaqiri was in a similar position to Loris Karius. One where you can’t use him, his stock is very low, and there’s no chance of getting decent money.
But that isn’t the case. Shaqiri looked great at Euro 2020 and could do a job for Liverpool.
This one confuses us. Hopefully, this is just an unsubstantiated rumour because otherwise, you’d have to wonder what Liverpool are up to.