Liverpool and Chelsea target Xherdan Shaqiri has declared he is open to a move this January if his situation does not change.
The player had earlier in the week stated that he will continue his career at Bayern Munich and he is not ready for a move away from Pep Guardiola’s side. But it seems the player has made a U-turn to those statement by declaring his future will once again be up for discussion when the January transfer window opens.
The player was quoted as saying: “In the summer I said that I would like to have more playing time.
“I sat down with the club and made my position clear.
“I accepted staying, but in the winter we need to sit again and look at the situation.
“The key to performing well is to maintain good contact with the coach and to enjoy his confidence, but it has not always been the case here.
“I need confidence and I struggle to contribute if something is amiss.”
Shaqiri had earlier said after the game at Wolfsburg at the start of the season:
“The coach has decided it, so you have to accept it. I have to deal with it and try to impose myself [on the team]”. He said.
“Clearly you’re disappointed if you are not in the starting line-up. We must not talk about transfers, it has been talked about enough. I only answer questions regarding the game”
The Swiss has found it difficult breaking into coach Pep Guardiola’s side with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Frank Ribery, Arjen Robben, Mario Gotze all ahead of him for a place in the attacking trio of Guardiola’s 4-3-3 formation. Every player would be frustrated when they are not getting enough game time and Shaqiri is no difference.
A number of clubs have been knocking at the door for his signature during the last transfer window chief among them being Liverpool and Atletico Madrid but the player and the club look reluctant to sanction any deal.
All that is set to be over now as the player has declared his intention to consider his future probably elsewhere if he cannot be guaranteed a regular playing time at Alianz Arena.
This will be a good opportunity for Liverpool to get the man they had wanted to sign all summer. It will be a good move for both Liverpool and the player.
Shaqiri is an attacker that likes playing wide and will suit the 4-3-3 system of Brendan Rodgers. He can also play as a second striker just behind the main striker and occasionally drift wide to draw out opposition defence.
With Liverpool available strikers still to find their feet, he will be an immense help to the attack.
His acquisition will allow Daniel Sturrige take up his preferred centre striker’s role now that Luis Suarez has left the club. This leaves Shaqiri and Raheem Sterling taking up the two wide roles on both side of Sturrige in a 4-3-3 formation.
His pace and power will see him beat opposition’s full back with ease and put in the balls for the striker to pounce on. He brings a lot of options for Brendan Rodgers as he can also score goals.
Liverpool should seize the opportunity come January to bring in the player. He won’t cost much and Bayern Munich won’t want to hold on to a player they are not overly in need of and who wants a regualar playing time they cannot guarantee. Signing Shakiri in January will be a big upgrade for Liverpool attack-wise.