The resolve of a Liverpool fringe player is set to be tested with the news that Sevilla are preparing to offer him the long-term stability the Reds cannot provide.
Much of Liverpool’s success over the last few seasons has been down to the mercurial play of their regular front three.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have combined to produce one of the world’s most feared attacks, but a knock-on effect has materialised.
A number of the Reds’ fringe forwards have had to settle for cameo roles, with Xherdan Shaqiri a prime example.
Despite impressing whenever afforded the rare opportunity to play, the Swiss international has accrued a mere 1,231 minutes of Premier League action (41 minutes per appearance) since his arrival at Anfield nearly two years ago.
With the January arrival of Takumi Minamino and a recent report suggesting their forward ranks are on the verge of being bolstered even further, the likelihood of Shaqiri ever becoming more than a bit-part player at Anfield appear to be diminishing.
His marginalisation and potential exit has divided opinion, with one pundit claiming Reds transfer guru Michael Edwards is blundering by allowing the versatile forward to leave.
At 28-years-of-age, the Reds may be tempted into the sale of the forward, though only if their ‘€30m’ (£26.5m) asking price is met.
The article notes that meeting this price tag could prove difficult for Sevilla, though the player himself may be tempted by the move in order to regain a regular starters berth.
Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher has told Liverpool that they made a mistake in allowing a current Premier League star to leave for just £500,000.
The Reds allowed academy grauduate Conor Coady to depart for the small sum when he moved to Huddersfield in 2014, but Carragher believes one aspect of his game is a match for superstar centre-half Virgil van Dijk.