German club handed massive blow in their pursuit of Liverpool midfielder

By | January 27, 2021

Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri has turned down a January transfer to Hertha Berlin, according to a report by Sky Germany.

The 29-year-old star has continued to be a fringe player for the Anfield side this season, making just two starts in England’s first tier.

Interest has been shown in Xherdan from Hertha this month, but he’ll likely stay put at Anfield until the end of the campaign, partly because he is allegedly ‘not in the mood for a relegation battle’ in the Bundesliga.

The Berlin side are only two points above a relegation play-off place, with the player already suffering the drop once in his professional career with Stoke three years ago.

It seems likely that Xherdan is now entering his final few months as a Reds player, with an exit on the cards this summer transfer market.

The Switzerland international has been a disappointing signing overall, having arrived from the Potters back in 2018, with constant injury problems limiting him to just 52 matches for the Reds.

Shaqiri possesses an undeniable quality, scoring eight goals and grabbing eight assists in his time at Liverpool, but it makes no sense to retain the services of someone who is so often on the treatment table.

With the Portugal international Diogo Jota injured at the moment, however, it is important to retain the star’s services for the time being.

In other news, Liverpool are optimistic that they will be able to land Derby County youngster Kaide Gordon, with the midfielder also drawing interest from the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, according to the Liverpool Echo.