Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has stated that Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri is not close to returning to first-team training.

Shaqiri, who signed for Liverpool from Stoke City for a transfer fee of £13.5 million in the summer of 2018, has not played for the club since the middle of January.

The Swiss international has suffered a calf injury, which is taking time to heal.

Klopp told Liverpool’s official website: “Not close to team training yet.

“We never did, but this time for sure we cannot, put any time pressure on it because it is obviously a difficult one. It was never a big one but always big enough to keep him out for another two or three weeks.

“So, we just wait. He is not close to team training.”

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool celebrates his team’s fifth goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 04, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Shaqiri is having a very frustrating season. The forward has only made six Premier League appearances, which highlights his lack of minutes on the pitch.

In those appearances, Shaqiri has been able to score one goal, which came in the Premier League fixture against Everton at Anfield back in December.

He would be a handy player to get back, especially as the Reds are competing in the Premier League, Champions League and the FA cup.

Shaqiri’s future at the club is unclear, but as Liverpool only spent £13.5 million on the forward, they have certainly got a decent return from him.

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