Xherdan Shaqiri might be away from Anfield


Liverpool will let Xherdan Shaqiri leave the club in the summer after rejecting two loan offers for him this month.

The winger has been on the periphery of Jurgen Klopp‘s squad for the majority of this season due to injuries and the former of Liverpool’s famed front three. Both Sevilla and Roma have made approaches to sign the Swiss international on loan in January, offers Liverpool have swiftly rejected as they continue to challenge for the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup.xherdan-shaqiri-available-in-summer

Manager Jurgen Klopp wants to retain his Swiss star as his club pursues an unprecedented quintet of trophies this season, so the club is not inviting interest in the 28-year-old at this stage. His position will be considered at the end of the campaign, but Liverpool value Shaqiri at €30m, double what Spanish and Italian media are reporting as the asking price for a permanent deal.

Intermediaries claiming to represent Roma have approached the Merseyside club asking about Shaqiri’s availability and been met with a negative response. Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi spoke directly with Liverpool and was given the same information.

There is no advantage in Liverpool reducing their squad number further with the Premier League title, Champions League and FA Cup still in their sights, which would add to the Super Cup and Club World Cup won earlier in this season.shaqiri-not-for-sale-in-january-liverpool

Shaqiri was absent from the squad as Liverpool extended their Premier League lead with victory over Manchester United on Sunday, citing a minor injury.

Should he recover, he will be in the plans for the FA Cup tie at Shrewsbury on Sunday. Liverpool signed Shaqiri from Stoke City in July 2018 after triggering his £13m release clause.

He helped them win the Champions League last season and, in 30 appearances during the 2018-19 campaign, scored six goals and created five assists. But there is so much of the season still to go, and last season Shaqiri was called upon at a crucial stage, excelling in the famous comeback win over Barcelona when he deputized for the injured Mohamed Salah.