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Xherdan Shaqiri to Lyon is a rare mistake by Michael Edwards

Liverpool don’t often get things wrong in the transfer market. The Reds have been help up as the epitome of smart business in recent years with the club turning diamonds in the rough into global superstars. Our sporting director has taken most of the plaudits. Unfortunately, this summer’s impending sale of Xherdan Shaqiri to Lyon is a rare example of a big mistake by Michael Edwards.

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Major transfer successes

Over the years everything Michael Edwards has touched has turned to gold.

He’s managed to not only sign the right player nearly every time but he’s also raked in exorbitant transfer fees for fringe stars.

Somehow he managed to get us £19m for Dominic Solanke.

We also brought in up to £7.5m for Kevin Stewart and £23.5m for Rhian Brewster.

Meanwhile he snapped up Andy Robertson for just £8m and Mo Salah for a meagre £34m.

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Xherdan Shaqiri to Lyon

It has been widely reported that Xherdan Shaqiri could be on his way to Lyon.

Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that the Reds are holding out for £6.5m for the Swiss international – around half of what Sky Sports reported that Liverpool wanted.

Meanwhile, L’Equipe has stated that the diminutive playmaker has agreed personal terms with the Ligue 1 outfit.

Major transfer error

Last summer we decided against selling Xherdan Shaqiri.

The consensus is that the club thought we couldn’t get enough money for him due to the impact of the pandemic.

Now, a year on, we’re getting peanuts for him.

He is a year older and with a year less on his contract and we’re still holding out for half of what we reportedly wanted for him.

Pandemic or not we surely could’ve squeezed someone for more than £6.5m last season and we would’ve saved on his salary for a year.

Unfortunately, this is a rare example of a big mistake in the transfer market.

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