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Xherdan Shaqiri puts down marker in training after hinting at Liverpool U-turn


The Switzerland international has two years remaining on his current Liverpool contract, but could be one of the players from Jurgen Klopp’s squad sold to boost their own transfer funds

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Xherdan Shaqiri looks like he is ready to fight for his Liverpool future, just weeks after suggesting his time at Anfield was over.

The Swiss international is one of the names linked with an exit this summer as the Reds look to bolster their own transfer funds.

Shaqiri enjoyed a fine Euro 2020 and has been linked with the likes of Lazio, Villarreal and Napoli.

Speaking after Switzerland’s campaign, the winger said he was looking for a new challenge with the idea that Liverpool would not stand in his way.

“The important thing at this moment in my career is to be able to play regularly, but that hasn’t always been the case in the last three seasons,” Shaqiri explained in Corriere dello Sport.








Xherdan Shaqiri has joined up with his Liverpool teammates at their Evian training base
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“This is why I told Liverpool that I feel ready for a new challenge. They accepted my wish and will seriously consider the offers that will come. They will not stop me,” he continued.

“I’m only 29 years old, I have played in some of the best Leagues in Europe and I would like to continue being a part of them.”





However, as of yet, there has been no direct contact and with Liverpool looking to recoup the majority of the £13m they paid Stoke City in 2018, a deal could yet prove difficult.

Until any prospective deal does take place, Shaqiri will remain with Klopp’s squad and he has been showing he still has the precocious talent that has earned him moves to some of the most prestigious clubs in Europe.

During a shooting drill at their training base in Evian, Shaqiri wowed teammates and coaches with a pair of sublime finishes that left Caoimhin Kelleher grasping at air.







Shaqiri left teammates speechless with a stunning strike during a shooting drill



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In an interview with the club’s official site, he has hinted that his plan is currently to impress in pre-season, before making a real impact in Klopp’s side when the competitive stuff kicks off later this month.

“I’m happy to be with the team again here. I’m looking forward to having a good pre-season and start a good campaign again.




“I’m looking forward to the new season and hopefully we’re going to achieve what we want to achieve with this club. Our goal is always to win, to play for titles and to give 100 per cent on the pitch.

“Then we will see what happens. But, of course, we’re going to try everything to win.”

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