It feels as though Xherdan Shaqiri’s Liverpool career so far can be broken down into three roughly equal sections. There’s the part where he’s injured, the part where he’s being linked with a move away, and the part where he’s actually fit and playing.
Right now, he’s injured. He’s also somehow being linked with a move away. Multiple moves away, in fact, with first Roma and now Sevilla said to be interested in taking the 28-year-old Swiss international on loan for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
When he is back fit and ready to play, though, it will be for Liverpool and not for Roma or Sevilla, because Liverpool have categorically ruled out moving him on. So says The Times’ Paul Joyce at least, which means it can be taken as the club’s official stance.
Further, and further down the road if he were to be sold in the summer, the club are said to have set a £30M pricetag for the player, who arrived at Anfield when the Reds triggered his £13.5M release clause to save him off the relegated Stoke scrap heap.
Since the summer of 2018, Shaqiri has made 40 total appearances for Liverpool, with a promising first season where he played 30 times in all competitions around a smattering of injuries followed by a year two when he has mostly been injured.