Report claims Liverpool hands ‘tied’ over transfers with update on one star

Date published: Wednesday 6th January 2021 9:51 - Jonny Whitfield

Liverpool are unlikely to sell attacker Xherdan Shaqiri in the January transfer window due to their struggle for new additions, according to a report.

Several reports have tipped the Reds to be one of the busier clubs this month, especially at centre-back.

Indeed, Liverpool currently have no senior fit stars at the back. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are all out with injury, the former two for some while longer.

Further forward, meanwhile, manager Jurgen Klopp has several options at his disposal. As well as the infamous front three, Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi, Shaqiri and Diogo Jota have all pushed for more minutes.

Shaqiri has largely struggled for match action this season amid a calf injury he picked up in November.

But while he was the subject of speculation about a move away from Anfield in the recent transfer window, claims that the Switzerland international will stay put this month.

As such, Shaqiri’s future will be secure until the summer transfer window, when he could entertain further exit links.

The report adds, though, that Liverpool could face an uphill battle to bring a player in due to the financial impact of the coronavirus.

Indeed, despite the Premier League continuing in lockdown, English clubs cannot welcome fans to stadiums.

For the same reason, however, Liverpool do not expect to ratify any major departures from their squad.

Reports have linked several defenders with a transfer to Anfield this month. Indeed, Lille’s Sven Botman is among the more recent additions to Liverpool’s supposed list of targets.

The Reds have reportedly opened talks with the 20-year-old Dutchman.

Liverpool linked with Demiral

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Meanwhile, further reports have claimed that Juventus centre-back Merih Demiral is also on Liverpool’s radar.

The 22-year-old has started just six Serie A games this season and speculation has arisen that his Turin-based employers are willing to sell him.

His potential sale, however, won’t just alert Liverpool. Fanatik claims that news of his potential sale will also alert Leicester and Tottenham, both of whom have been linked in the past.

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