Liverpool name their bargain Shaqiri price

Sarah Winterburn
Xherdan-Shaqiri

Fenerbahce have approached Liverpool about bringing Xherdan Shaqiri to Turkey on loan and have been quoted a fee of £6m for the unwanted Swiss international.

Shaqiri is said to be ‘unhappy’ at Liverpool after a season when he started just five Premier League games, only one of which the Reds won against West Ham.

His agent is looking for a new club for the former Bayern Munich and Inter playmaker and Fenerbahce are keen, though according to Turkish website Sabah, they have been surprised to find that ‘Shaqiri is not a cheap player at all’.

Shaqiri is said to be one of four players Liverpool want to offload this summer. The others are Divock Origi, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic.

There seems little point in Liverpool loaning out Shaqiri to Fenerbahce or any other club, especially when they are willing to see for just £6m.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are not targeting a new midfielder this summer even though Georginio Wijnaldum is leaving upon the expiry of his contract.

The 22-year-old from RB Leipzig has become the club’s second-most expensive defender after Virgil Van Dijk and could well become the first-choice partner for the Holland captain next season.

However, while Klopp has corrected a mistake from last summer, when he allowed Dejan Lovren to leave and went into the campaign with just three centre-backs – all of whom sustained season-ending injuries at various stages – he is not looking for reinforcements in midfield.

Instead, the PA news agency understands the club will focus their attention – and limited finances after a pandemic-affected year – on renewing the contracts of established stars Mohamed Salah, Van Dijk, Fabinho, Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

Wijnaldum was the club’s most reliable player in that position last season, making 51 appearances, but with no agreement over a new deal his contract will expire next month and he bade farewell to Anfield in the final match of the season.

The Dutchman leaves a huge hole to fill but it is understood a replacement is not being considered as Klopp feels he has enough options in that area with Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita – providing he can overcome his fitness issues – Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and veteran James Milner.