According to the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano, AS Roma have tried to snatch away Liverpool’s 28-year-old playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri with a cheeky bid, but their approach has been refused.
Even though he’s mostly been a bit-part player for Liverpool in the 2019/20 campaign – seeing how he’s only managed to feature in 256 minutes of football across ten appearances in all competitions – Shaqiri has attracted some interest from Italy.
Roma reportedly asked for his availability on loan, with the Gladiators looking for someone who could potentially replace the injured Nicolo Zaniolo.
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With the 20-year-old prodigy out with a fitness issue, the Italian outfit need someone to fill his void and supply them with goals.
But with Romano concluding his tweet by simply saying “no chance”, it appears Roma will have to look elsewhere.
Even though Shaqiri has been plagued with injuries in the ongoing campaign, already missing out on 11 games in total, he still sounds like a good option for Roma.
After all, we’re talking about a player who scored 15 goals and assisted a further 15 for Stoke prior to his move to Anfield and also has some Serie A experience from his spell at Inter Milan.
However, Klopp appears to think Shaqiri still has something to offer to the Reds as they continue their march towards the Premier League title.
Currently, they are 14 points clear and are enjoying the view from the top of the mountain.
It still remains to be seen whether the 28-year-old winger will have any kind of role to play in the remainder of the season.
It’s difficult not to think, however, that he could’ve been a more important part of Roma’s squad had the transfer gone through.
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