The whole reason why Xherdan Shaqiri arrived at Liverpool was to give Jurgen Klopp a much-needed Plan B in crucial scenarios.
To that end, the Swiss international has certainly acted as an impactful substitute, producing moments of magic from the bench when the Reds have desperately craved for it, with key contributions against the likes of Manchester United and Newcastle over the course of the campaign.
However, he still hasn’t been as influential as initially assumed. In fact, he’s barely started a handful of games for Liverpool, underperforming amid their extremely high standards in their attack. Granted, Shaqiri has 6 goals and 5 assists this season, but a mere few were actually decisive to the cause. As a result of his somewhat underwhelming nature, Liverpool are seemingly mulling on letting him go.
Indeed, according to reports from Goal earlier this month, the Reds are pondering selling him if the right offer comes their way. It’s just that Shaqiri was expected to be Klopp’s hidden weapon but ended up misfiring on most occasions. Frankly, he wasn’t incisive enough nor as creative as others in the final third, often frustrating fans with poor decision-making.
Moreover, his sale can be the beginning of a special chapter at Liverpool. Perhaps they can potentially give Ryan Kent a go at his place. The 22-year-old winger had a prolific loan at Rangers, scoring and assisting 6 goals apiece in the Scottish Premiership. So, he must’ve caught Klopp’s eye with his impressive pace, dribbling ability and ability in front of goal.
Kent can operate from either wing and add another dimension to their attack with his unpredictable style. Shaqiri’s sale can trigger his rise, allowing another academy graduate to reach newer heights under Klopp.
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