It’s been a tricky tranfer window for Liverpool Football Club with only one major addition bolster Jurgen Klopp’s ranks, and the Reds could be set for further frustration following a recent update.
The Anfield outfit need to offload a selection of their unwanted fringe players in the remaining weeks of the summer before they can afford to splash the cash, with Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri available for sale.
Switzerland international Shaqiri has already agreed personal terms with Ligue 1 outfit Lyon but is still waiting for the two clubs to agree on a transfer fee.
Liverpool and Peter Bosz’s charges remain someway apart in their valuation of the 29-year-old creative talent, and they’re currently unwilling to meet the Anfield outfit’s demands.
Transfer expert and well-known journalist Fabrizio Romano provided an update on the situation on his Here We Go Podcast, saying: “Liverpool need to sell players before signing new players, Jurgen Klopp has been so clear.
“For Shaqiri and Lyon, they have been in negotiations, but there is still no agreement. Shaqiri has an agreement with Lyon, but there is still no agreement with the clubs. So let’s see what happens with the negotiations.”
News that Lyon are no closer to matching Liverpool’s asking price for Shaqiri will surely leave a large section of the club’s supporters worried.
The usually dependable duo of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino struggled for form last season as the Anfield outfit limped to a third-place finish in the Premier League standings, and Klopp is believed to be in the market for a new forward as a result.
However, the German tactician won’t have the required finances to bring his transfer target to Merseyside unless the likes of Shaqiri move in the opposite direction.
With their top-flight rivals such as Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United all spending big money on top-class attacking this summer, Liverpool’s fans may be fearful of being left behind by their domestic foes.
Klopp will still be hopeful of resolving the situation before the August 31 deadline, but time is running out for the 19-time English champions to provide Mohamed Salah with the support he needs.
Romano’s update that it’s Liverpool and Lyon who are causing delays over Shaqiri’s exit will concern fans, especially with the Swiss ace seemingly all happy to leave Anfield this summer.
A move breaking down because the Reds refused to blink in these negotiations would surely have Shaqiri, and more importantly Klopp and the supporters, fuming.