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Liverpool reportedly turn down pair of loan bids for Shaqiri/Make stance clear
As per a report from Goal.com, Premier League leaders Liverpool have knocked back January interest from a pair of clubs in out-of-favour attacker Xherdan Shaqiri.
28-year-old Swiss international Shaqiri made the move to Anfield in the summer of 2018 from Stoke City, for a fee of £13.5 million.
The former Bayern Munich man was brought in to add depth to Liverpool’s front-line, with his performances over the first-half of the season having suggested another inspired piece of business on the part of the Reds’ board.
By the turn of the year, Shaqiri had already racked up 6 goals and 3 assists across all competitions, including a match-winning brace after being introduced off the bench versus Manchester United in December.
The second-half of the campaign, though, proved a different story.
Amid a dip in form, the gifted left-footer struggled for game-time, with Shaqiri having failed to find the net once in 2018/19 following the turn of the year.
And the opening half of the new season has not proven much kinder to the Swiss star.
To this point, Shaqiri has managed just 3 starts across all competitions.
This is partly down to a persistent calf problem, but Shaqiri, overall, has yet to truly establish himself as the kind of option whom Jurgen Klopp can depend on week-in, week-out.
As such, speculation has inevitably begun to mount of late that the attacker could be on the move this month.
And, as outlined above, interest in Shaqiri has now gone as far as a pair of proposals arriving for his signature.
As per the aforementioned report from Goal, both AS Roma and Sevilla have tabled loan bids for the out-of-favour Liverpool man.
However, the Reds’ response has been swift and emphatic, with those in charge at Anfield having made clear that Shaqiri will not be allowed to move on before the close of the January transfer window next week.
This situation could change in the summer, but, ‘as things stand, there is little to no chance of Shaqiri leaving during this transfer window. ‘