Both Ben Woodburn and Xherdan Shaqiri missed training on Thursday as news of their exits appears near. The Liverpool duo may not be Reds for long.
The Liverpool Echo reports that both Ben Woodburn and Xherdan Shaqiri missed training on Thursday. Both players have been heavily linked with moves away in recent days.
Woodburn’s move is fairly straightforward. He’s reportedly agreed terms with Hearts for a loan deal up to January.
One hiccup, per the Scotsman, is that Jurgen Klopp has asked him to stay until the end of the transfer window. Liverpool could apparently use him against either Burnley or Chelsea.
Though, given he wasn’t at training, we do have to wonder about those reports. It certainly seems as though Woodburn is close to an exit.
As for Shaqiri, things certainly aren’t straightforward. L’Equipe claims the Swiss playmaker has agreed on terms with Lyon.
However, the offer Lyon made to Liverpool was ‘ridiculous’. That’s what Neil Jones told Redmen TV, anyway.
They apparently offered around £4m, which is certainly not enough to sign Shaqiri. Though, things might change soon.
As we detailed here, there’s a transfer chain that could see Lyon end up with the money. They’re loaning Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea, which allows them to sell Maxwel Cornet to Burnley.
Lyon can then use that cash to sign Shaqiri – assuming they make a much better offer to Liverpool.
Woodburn and Shaqiri to leave?
The Echo’s news suggests Shaqiri might join Woodburn as an imminent exit, then. It’s hard to believe Liverpool would leave either out if they didn’t have moves lined up.
Of course, it could all be a coincidence. Perhaps they’re both just injured? It seems unlikely but it’s always possible.
Woodburn and Shaqiri are just two of several players who could leave in the next two weeks. For more information on that, click here.