Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has signalled his intention to stay at Anfield next season, following reports that he could be offloaded this summer.
The Swiss international suffered from a succession of injuries last campaign, limiting him to just 11 appearances in all competitions and, while the 28-year-old says he is frustrated by his lack of games, he is determined to return to his best when the 2020/21 season kicks off:
“Always if you are injured or if you are not playing, you’re frustrated. But I’m looking forward to this season and trying to help the team all the time, so I have the chance to play like the first season. As a team, I just want us to achieve a lot of things. I think we have a lot of good players in our team, everyone can play and we try to make it very difficult for the coach as always. I’m trying to give my best too and to help the team to win games, titles – that’s the most important thing for me.”
Shaqiri’s comments certainly suggest he is prepared to fight for his place in Jurgen Klopp’s squad. The major difficulty the winger has is that his main rival is Mo Salah and, with the Egyptian rarely injured or unavailable, game time could still remain limited.
Klopp has used him as a number 10 in a 4-2-3-1 system in the past, but it had limited success. You also have to consider the fact that the Reds are reportedly eyeing a move for another midfielder in Thiago Alcantara.
If they can partly finance the move for the Spaniard by selling Shaqiri, you would think the Swiss star would be sacrificed in order to get a key signing through the door.