Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has reportedly turned down a potential opportunity to join Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin this month.
The report claims that Shaqiri is one of three players Hertha have failed to land in the transfer window, along with Ivan Perisic and Christian Eriksen.
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The article is based around Shaqiri not being interested in a move to Hertha but does not mention whether or not a transfer was even viable from Liverpool’s point of view. Shaqiri’s role in the Liverpool squad has been growing in importance in recent months, with the forward having played six games in the last four weeks after only one appearance between the start of November and the 29th December.
This suggests that Jurgen Klopp is starting to place more faith in the Swiss international, which could result in some regular game time between now and the end of the season. With Shaqiri now, seemingly, a figure in the rotation for Klopp, why would Liverpool even allow him to leave?
His involvement in recent weeks suggests that they would need to sign a replacement for him if he did leave, meaning that a permanent transfer could be the only viable route out of Anfield for him. Could Hertha afford that? The article from Sky says they struggled to land Perisic and Eriksen due to wage demands, which suggests that the money is not there for them to make a respectable offer for Shaqiri on a permanent basis.
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