A number of Liverpool fans have implored the club not to sell Xherdan Shaqiri amid transfer reports linking him with a move to Lazio.
The print edition of Corriere dello Sport claimed [via Sport Witness] that the Serie A side have an interest in the Switzerland international, with the Rome club’s director of football Igli Tare saying that he “fell in love with him” during his time at FC Basel.
The report added that Lazio see him as a ‘market opportunity’ and that Jurgen Klopp is willing to offload the 28-year-old ‘at an affordable price’. The update was later shared on Twitter by @LFCTransferRoom.
❗️Lazio want Xherdan Shaqiri from #LFC – their interest 'has been confirmed'. Igli Tare, Lazio’s director of football fell in love with him when he was playing for Basel & the player is seen as a market opportunity with the Reds wanting to sell at a affordable price. [@CorSport] pic.twitter.com/FAmJLGKHOa
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) August 19, 2020
Shaqiri barely featured for Liverpool last season, making just 11 appearances in all competitions totalling 263 minutes and starting only twice in the league, with injuries a factor in his limited involvement (as per TransferMarkt). However, he has a track record of scoring against the Reds’ fiercest rivals, with a brace against Manchester United in December 2018 and a goal against Everton a year later.
These Reds supporters on Twitter were up in arms over the potential sale of the Swiss winger – one called for Divock Origi, scorer of just six goals in 42 appearances last term, to be sold instead, while another fumed that “FSG need to go bankrupt” if they sacrifice Shaqiri to make way for Harry Wilson, the 23-year-old who has still made just one senior appearance for Liverpool.
Xherdan Shaqiri - keep or sell?
Check out some of the feedback from Reds fans below:
Don’t want him to go 😭😭 https://t.co/aPPR33vfLO
— IKI (@lfc_ik) August 19, 2020
Personally if we’re not to get anyone else in I want shaq to be the 4th attacker. Essentially I’d rather sell origi than shaq. https://t.co/zqYGbe80IA
— Paul (@OKane_LFC) August 19, 2020
— 19 Times FC (@LFCAdi_) August 19, 2020
Great they’re going to sell him and replace him with Harry Wilson. FSG need to go bankrupt.
— Adwen (@Adwenooo) August 19, 2020
Should have been given more game time this season and I would definitely keep him in the squad.
He offers something that no one else in the squad does.
— Petar Soldo (@Petar_DRC) August 19, 2020
We cannot sell if we haven’t brought in a clear upgrade. There is no sign of us doing so, right now.
— Arun Krishnan (@arun7989) August 19, 2020
Lets send Ox instead
— v (@viniciusprimo_) August 19, 2020
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