Xherdan Shaqiri is set to complete a move to Lyon in the coming days, after the midfielder flew out to France to complete a medical after a £9.5m fee was agreed
Xherdan Shaqiri’s Liverpool exit is imminent with the midfielder set to complete a medical on Monday morning ahead of his move to Lyon.
The Swiss international had made it clear that he wants regular minutes and that appeared unlikely at Anfield with a number of options ahead of him in the pecking order.
In total, he has made just 10 starts in the last two seasons, playing marginally more than 500 Premier League minutes last term.
While Reds bosses are always open to selling fringe stars like Shaqiri, there was no rush to offload a player that could still have an impact on their season.
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Liverpool paid around £13million for the 29-year-old back in 2018 and were committed to getting a good chunk of that back.
Reports have claimed Lyon initially lodged a bid of around £4million – an offer that was swiftly rejected – before reaching an agreement in principle at £9.5million.
Klopp has seen just one senior player arrive during the summer window so far, after they triggered Ibrahima Konate’s RB Leipzig release clause at the start of the window.
Fans are keen to see more reinforcements after watching an injury crisis derail their hopes of retaining the Premier League title last term.
Shaqiri will follow Harry Wilson and Taiwo Awoniyi in leaving the club for sizable transfer fees this summer, raising the expectation that there could be incomings before August 31.
However, according to the Athletic, Klopp has already identified Shaqiri’s replacement within his squad, meaning he will not need to scramble for an alternative.
The report suggests that Shaqiri’s departure has been in the works for 12 months, with Harvey Elliott long earmarked as the man to take over from him.
That was the reason behind his loan move to Blackburn Rovers last term, helping him to build the kind of first-team experience that would enable him to step in during this season.
And he did just that during Liverpool’s win over Burnley at Anfield on Saturday. In the absence of Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the 18-year-old slotted effortlessly into Klopp’s midfield, leaving the manager suitably impressed.
“Everybody wants to speak to me about Harvey and I understand absolutely, when an 18-year-old boy plays such a mature game, I can understand that everybody is asking.
“But I was not surprised he played like this. That is exactly how he trained now for six or seven weeks since we are back, since he is back from loan. Yes, it was good.”
He is now expected to play a much more prominent role in the aftermath of Shaqiri’s departure, adding to the options already at Klopp’s disposal.
The ECHO then claim that 16-year-old Kaide Gordon could be thrown into the mix for cup games this season, after standing out for the development sides.
Gordon was snapped up from Derby County in a deal worth £3m back in February and appeared for the first team during warm-up friendlies this summer.
Klopp now reportedly believes that with Shaqiri on the move, Gordon could become the latest academy star to make the transition to the senior side.