Liverpool man confirms looming transfer decision after playing bit part role

Date published: Tuesday 15th June 2021 7:51 - Sam Charlton

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Xherdan Shaqiri has confirmed he will make a decision on his future after his participation at Euro 2020 has come to an end.

Shaqiri is a part of the Switzerland squad which was held to a 1-1 draw with Wales on Saturday. The 29-year-old set up Breel Embolo’s strike, meaning he has now directly contributed to 50% of all Switzerland’s goals at major tournaments since 2014. Indeed, his importance to his national team can not be doubted.

But the 29-year-old has had to settle for a place as a fringe player at club level. In his three years at Liverpool, he has made just 63 appearances.

Having featured just 11 times in 2019/20, Shaqiri saw more opportunities come his way in 2020/21. He made 22 outings for Jurgen Klopp, although 15 of those came from the bench.

As a result, there has been speculation that he could be one of those to depart this summer. The Reds could move as many as 12 players on in the coming months.

The attacker is reportedly a target for Jose Mourinho at Roma. Although, the Italian club may face competition from around Europe. Sevilla, Fenerbache and Galatasaray are also reportedly keen.

But it looks increasingly likely he will be moving on, particularly after Liverpool eased their demands.

Shaqiri speaks out on Liverpool future

Now, Shaqiri has confirmed that he will be assessing his options ahead of next term. Speaking in a press conference ahead of Switzerland’s Group A fixture with Italy, he said: “At the moment I don’t really want to talk about it.

“I have a contract there and after the Euros, of course, I will talk to my agent and then we will look at the situation. Then we will decide how to continue.”

The ex-Bayern Munich man has two years left to run on his current contract. However, with Shaqiri thought to be unhappy with chances on Merseyside limited, it would be no surprise to see him make an early exit.

READ MORE: Liverpool are set to make a huge profit on an unwanted midfielder after giving the green light to him moving on permanently.

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