Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are ecstatic with the club’s early moves in the summer transfer window – our punters are hopeful they can challenge for the title next season.
The Reds responded in the best possible way to losing the Champions League final against Real Madrid. Just days after the defeat, they sealed their first signing of the summer completely out of the blue – a £40m deal for Monaco midfielder Fabinho. With Naby Keita’s arrival also confirmed, Liverpool are on the verge of sealing a £52m move for Lyon attacker – Nabil Fekir.
Jurgen Klopp’s summer business is not yet finished though, with a new goalkeeper as well as an attacker still on his shopping list. Recent reports have suggested they are monitoring Xherdan Shaqiri’s situation at Stoke City following their relegation to the Championship. Signing the Swiss international makes perfect sense.
The rumours have divided opinion amongst our regulars. At times, Shaqiri can be one of the most feared wingers in the league but struggles for consistency and has a history of attitude problems. Nevertheless, he would be available for just £12m due to a relegation release clause – you won’t find many better players at that price.
Valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, Shaqiri netted eight goals and notched seven assists in the Premier League season – a respectable tally in a poor Stoke side. As a rotation option, he would be a great signing. With bags of pace and trickery, he is deadly when cutting in from the right. The former Bayern Munich man is a match winner and would give Klopp a viable option from the bench in the wide area. He averaged more key passes per game last season than Liverpool’s entire squad according to WhoScored, alongside much better attackers, he would flourish.
Still only 26-years-old, he would definitely be a gamble, but a risk worth taking.
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