Liverpool have been contacted about the potential loan availability of winger Xherdan Shaqiri.
The print edition of Turkish newspaper Gunes reported [via Sport Witness] that Galatasaray are interested in taking the 28-year-old on loan in January and have already made contact with the Anfield club about the possibility of an 18-month loan spell for the Switzerland international.
Shaqiri’s season has been curtailed by a calf injury which kept him out of contention for two months before he returned to the squad for Wednesday’s Champions League game against Napoli, as per TransferMarkt.
However, the Swiss winger didn’t make it off the bench at Anfield in midweek and hasn’t started a single match for the Reds this season, with just 25 minutes of game-time in all competitions. [via TransferMarkt]
Even with Liverpool losing for a lengthy period in that game and needing a win to ensure qualification for the last 16, Jurgen Klopp brought on midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and defender Trent Alexander-Arnold in the second half instead of an attacking player in Shaqiri.
While the manager may have been reluctant to throw the winger straight back into action after two months out and minimal game-time prior to his injury, that he didn’t turn to Shaqiri in such a situation does not reflect greatly on the 28-year-old’s standing at Anfield.
The next five weeks could be pivotal in the Swiss international’s future at Liverpool – with the Reds playing 10 matches between December 4th and January 2nd, there would appear to be plenty of opportunities for fringe players such as Shaqiri to feature.
It was this time last year that he was in flying form for Liverpool, with four goals in as many Premier League games in December 2018, but he hasn’t scored for the club since the Boxing Day win at Newcastle in that spell.
Shaqiri’s future at Liverpool could be shaped in the next month, with the winger likely to be given a few chances to impress given the heavy workload facing Klopp’s team.
If he can replicate the form of 12 months ago, the manager could decide that he still has a big part to play at Anfield.
If he ends 2019 without a club goal in the calendar year, though, that would not seem to bode too well for his Liverpool prospects, especially if fellow wingers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah add significantly to their respective tallies of 12 and nine goals for the season.
Liverpool fans, do you think Shaqiri will be let out on loan if he is unable to make the most of any chances he gets between now and the end of January? Comment below with your views!
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