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Liverpool: Xherdan Shaqiri considering Anfield exit next year

Liverpool: Xherdan Shaqiri considering Anfield exit next year

Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has indicated that he is considering leaving the club next year.

Football Insider reported that the 28-year-old, who has been capped 80 times by Switzerland, has told close confidants that he is prepared to move on from Anfield in 2020, having struggled for first team recognition in recent months.

According to Football Insider, Shaqiri feels that he has little chance of breaking into the Reds’ starting XI regularly and manager Jurgen Klopp would not stand in his way if he wishes to leave the club in the summer.

Shaqiri has endured a miserable season so far, playing for just 25 minutes in all competitions for Liverpool and not starting a single game for the Reds in 2019/20. [via TransferMarkt]

He hasn’t played since a calf injury he incurred prior to the Carabao Cup game at MK Dons in September (as per Liverpool Echo), with his most recent appearance coming in the Champions League defeat to Napoli two months ago.

With Klopp making wholesale changes to his team for the Carabao Cup games against MK Dons and Arsenal, that could have been an ideal scenario for Shaqiri to stake his claim for more regular game-time, but injury deprived him of that opportunity.

The Swiss winger could return to action straight after the current international break, according to premierinjuries.com. If that is accurate, it could be a perfectly-timed return, with fellow right winger Mohamed Salah set to be out for an indefinite period due to an ankle injury, as per Sky Sports.

The Egyptian would be a difficult man to replace, with nine goals to his name this season, whereas Shaqiri hasn’t found the net since Boxing Day of last year.

However, that goal came during a prolific spell over the last two months of 2018 where he struck six times in nine league games, including a brace in a 3-1 win over Manchester United, Liverpool’s first in the Premier League over the Red Devils in nearly five years.

Although Shaqiri has endured a tough time watching on throughout most of 2019, having made just 15 appearances this calendar year, he showed with that hot streak a year ago that he can be a potent attacking presence.

He may well take heart from the recent revival of team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who broke an 18-month goalless stretch with four goals in a fortnight prior to the international break.

Also, with Salah potentially facing a spell on the sidelines, this could be Shaqiri’s chance to make up for lost time and re-establish himself in Liverpool’s line-up – in which case it’s one he must maximise.

Liverpool fans, do you still see a future for Shaqiri at Anfield or do you think he will be sold next year? Join in the discussion by commenting below!

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