Sahqiri urged to play regular first-team football at Liverpool to keep place at Switzerland national team

By | September 17, 2020

Former Switzerland defender Stephane Henchoz thinks that Xherdan Shaqiri has a tough decision to make about his future, but should take next year’s European Championship into account.

He was a bit-part player for Liverpool last campaign and has played just eight minutes of PL football in the calendar year.

Even when the league was won, the attacker did not get his chances and was an unused substitute in three of his side’s last four league games.

Liverpool are open to proposals for him but the Reds are yet to receive a concrete offer and it is still unclear whether Shaqiri himself wants to depart.

Stephane admits that taking the decision to quit the club could be tough to do, especially as Xherdan would likely need to take a step down.

However, the former Swiss star believes Xherdan must consider next summer’s European Championship when he makes a decision what to do.

He told Swiss daily Blick: “The difficulty is that if you are at a top club, Champions League winners and English champions, and if you leave them at his age, you may never get back to that level.

“Sure, maybe a club like Roma or Sevilla will come, but Bayern, Real or Juventus are surely not going to come.

“But if you take a step backwards, it is almost a done deal. That is why it is a difficult choice.

“And he has to ask himself if he would like to play in the European Championship.

“When he has had two seasons with almost no appearances, Vladimir Petkovic cannot actually bet on him.”


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