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Liverpool’s transfer activity suggests Shaqiri is going to have to improve

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

According to The Mirror, Liverpool’s transfer window is set to be a quiet one.

They’ve already confirmed the addition of teenage centre-back Sepp van den Berg, but it doesn’t appear as though there will be much activity beyond that after recent developments.

A potential move for Ousmane Dembele has suffered a setback after it was revealed he wanted to stay at Barcelona, whilst they also have no plans to make an offer for Nicolas Pepe.

So with that in mind, those already waiting on the fringes will have to make the step up.

On the chalkboard

Central to Jurgen Klopp’s plans throughout the first half of last season was Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri.

Signed from a relegated Stoke side, it was another chance to show whether he could do it a top club. Previously, he’d failed to really produce the goods at Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, scoring 12 goals across 63 Bundesliga and Serie A matches.

His form at one point last term was impressive though, netting five goals and claiming three assists across 13 games for the Reds towards the beginning of the 2018/19 campaign.

However, he finished the season with a tally of six strikes and hasn’t actually found the net since Boxing Day last year.

For all the quality he brought Klopp, he now has to improve significantly, particularly if they want to bridge the minuscule gap of one point between them and Manchester City.

He may have played fewer games than a term where he racked up 15 goal involvements for Stoke, but it was also his all-round contribution that was inferior at Liverpool too.

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In 2017/18, he managed 1.9 shots per game and a further 2.1 key passes an outing.

Yet, at Liverpool, it was far worse. For the Merseyside outfit he only registered 1.1 shots per game whilst as far as creativity was concerned, he only played 0.8 key passes.

In a team of higher quality, that should arguably be better than what he mustered when playing for the Potters.

But once again, it is evidence, despite his early-season form, that he perhaps doesn’t have what it takes in a high-class side.

With Liverpool seemingly reluctant to buy, increased faith might be put on Shaqiri as an alternative plan. As such, he’ll need to make huge improvements in terms of the influence he has in attack.

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