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Rare blunder from Michael Edwards as rapid exit sees Liverpool miss out on millions

Michael Edwards Liverpool sporting director 2018

Liverpool have missed out on around a £4.5million windfall on the deal that took Xherdan Shaqiri to Lyon last summer – with the midfielder announcing his departure from France in a move to Chicago Fire.

Shaqiri spent three years at Anfield and won both the Champions League and the Premier League in that time. However, rarely was he a regular under Jurgen Klopp and was often deployed off the bench or in cup games.

After making his move to France, Shaqiri began the new campaign well. He featured in seven of the first 10 league outings and notched in a 3-1 win over Troyes in September.

At the time, the 30-year-old insisted that quitting the Reds was the right thing to do.

“I’m very happy to be here,” he said at his official unveiling. “The negotiation was difficult. For me, it was clear, I wanted to come here. There really was no doubt.

“It’s a very good project with a new coach, whom I like a lot. I am a player who is always hungry to improve.

“This team has a lot of potential. They are a very successful club in France and Europe who want to win titles again.”

Despite his initial enthusiasm, the move to France quickly turned sour. In total, he made just 16 appearances for Lyon, falling out of favour under coach Rudi Garcia.

Edwards sold Shaqiri for just £5m

And with the club down in eighth place in Ligue 1, they quickly accepted an offer from Chicago Fire to move him to MLS.

Xherdan Shaqiri Switzerland June 2021 TEAMtalk

However, as it has transpired, the transfer has not done Liverpool’s finances any favours.

That’s after the Reds sold Shaqiri to Lyon for just an initial £5m. That deal was heavily incentified, with bonuses taking Lyon’s total outlay to £9.5m if all objectives were met.

However, the Daily Express writes that not one of those targets was achieved, meaning Liverpool missing out on £4.5m in add-ons.

To rub  salt into their wounds, Lyon have made a profit themselves on Shaqiri, selling him to the Fire for £6m on Wednesday.

That makes him the club’s record transfer, beating the fee previously paid for Bastian Schweinsteiger and Nicolas Gaitan.

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Meanwhile, Reds boss Klopp has been told he should have signed Brennan Johnson instead of Luis Diaz in January.

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Liverpool splashed out a huge £45m fee to land Colombian star Diaz from FC Porto.

However, outspoken Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony, though, Liverpool should have instead looked to dip into the Championship for a new attacking signing.

Indeed, MacAnthony insisted that Forest star Johnson would have proved a good signing. The chairman claimed that by signing Johnson, Liverpool would have trickled vital funds down the football pyramid.

Speaking to The Hard Truth podcast, Liverpool fan MacAnthony said: “I’m happy for Liverpool to spend €52million on a Portuguese guy.

“But I’d have loved them to have spent £28million on a player in the Championship and then that player’s sell-on will go to the club before.

“There’s not enough of that, for me, that goes on.”

Johnson, 20, has nine goals and five assists so far from 21 appearances so far this season.

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