Shock name listed as ‘potential departure’ from LFC would make no sense

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Xherdan Shaqiri could be on his way out of Liverpool, according to a piece published in the Daily Mail.

Assessing all of the top-six’s potential transfer business this summer, when it came to the Reds, usual names like Ryan Kent, Simon Mignolet and Daniel Sturridge all cropped up, which is probably fair enough, but Shaqiri was also listed as a potential one to depart.

Curiously, Adam Lallana, who was this morning linked with a move back to Southampton for a cut-price fee, was not on the list, perhaps showing the list was not that comprehensive.

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A move away for Shaqiri, just a season after he arrived from Stoke City, would make little sense at all, assuming that he is happy to stay. There have been no reports to the contrary.

The whole point of him coming into the squad was to offer a different option out wide, and while his influence waned in the second half of the season, he made more than enough of a splash in the first few months to warrant him staying put.

When he arrived, it was always going to be the case that he would only start games sporadically, more often than not coming off the bench, and he ended the campaign with six goals and three assists in the league, including netting a winner against Manchester United at Anfield.

Shaqiri made a big impact and there is no reason to think he can’t do exactly the same next year, when the depth of the squad will be just as important as Jurgen Klopp’s men go all out once again.

If he was to leave, the Reds would make a nice profit on the £13 million investment, but we can’t see him going anywhere just yet.

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