Sky Sports reporter Vinny O’Connor has given his understanding of the latest regarding the Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool transfer saga.
Speaking on a transfer podcast, as quoted in the Daily Express, O’Connor suggests a move currently looks unlikely, though he’s unsure if the Nabil Fekir situation changes that.
‘They’ve been linked with Xherdan Shaqiri but I’ve been told that’s perhaps unlikely. Whether that changes with what’s happened with Fekir, [I don’t know],’ O’Connor said.
‘Someone they’ve been interested in Thomas Lemar but I’ve been given no indication that they’re going to go back in for him.
‘What I did get out of Liverpool from an unofficial source is that it’s still foot on the ball as the World Cup starts with recruitment. Take that as you want.
‘I’m not 100 per cent sure what that means but they are still trying to fill those vital, creative areas that of course, with the departure of Coutinho, it’s not lacking as such, but they want that extra spark in midfield.’
We could certainly do with more options in attack due to a lack of real backup to our front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
While Shaqiri isn’t necessarily a name who’ll get pulses racing, he’s also not the kind of player who’ll kick up too much of a fuss if he’s not starting week in, week out.
Currently at the World Cup with Switzerland, it is perhaps unlikely we’ll find out too much about a possible move any time soon.
But if Shaqiri is the man we bring in, we really could do far worse – he surely won’t be another Fabio Borini, Rickie Lambert or Mario Balotelli…