Xherdan Shaqiri open to parting ways with Liverpool

September 26, 2019

Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri has opened to the door to leave Liverpool after finding himself out-of-favour under manager Jurgen Klopp. The attacker made the move to the Reds from relegated Stoke City during the summer of 2018 and he was certainly a presence during the opening half of the campaign where he made a number of key contributions including a match-winning brace against fierce rivals Manchester United.

However, he has been overlooked since the turn of the year and that has continued to remain the case this season where he has made just one substitute appearance for the Merseyside giants. Speaking to a local Swiss outlet, Shaqiri acknowledged that he is disappointed with the current scheme of things at the European champions and a departure could be a realistic possibility in the future.

He said: “I am disappointed that I am no longer getting to play in matches. No player is happy to sit on the bench. It is clear that I would like to have more playing time. I need to take a good look at the situation and find a solution. [Monaco and Galatasaray?] I have no idea where those stories have come from. I don’t know anything about offers from those clubs.”

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has depended on Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino for the frontline duties over the past couple of seasons and it was always expected that Shaqiri could feature from the bench. However, that has become a non-existent case over the past eight months where Divock Origi has jumped ahead of him in the pecking order.

The Belgian seemed on the cusp of leaving the Reds during the 2019 winter transfer window but he has genuinely transformed his career after contributing vital goals en route to the club’s Champions League trophy success last term.