Liverpool could scoop bumper £28million fee for Xherdan Shaqiri from Sevilla

Liverpool could boost their transfer budget by offloading back-up forward Xherdan Shaqiri this summer.

Sevilla are said to be leading the chase for the Switzerland international as he struggles to impress Jurgen Klopp enough to be a regular fixture in his starting XI.

The 28-year-old has shown glimpses of his talent having joined from Stoke for £13.5m back in 2018, but his opportunities have been limited this season making only six outings in the Premier League.

Shaqiri could try and force a move away from Anfield to a club where he would have more importance on the pitch, having been a regular substitute during his time at Bayern Munich between 2012 and 2015.

According to Football Insider Sevilla are willing to pay £28m for the former Inter Milan forward despite his lack of action of late, with his current deal running until 2023.

The consistent good form of Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have led to those reduced minutes for Shaqiri, with director of football Michael Edwards now keen to see him leave on a permanent deal.

Klopp said in January: "The majority of December and January we had a bench full of kids – wonderful kids, but kids.

"So how could we think about giving a player to anybody? I don't understand that.

"It's not about Shaq or whatever, it's about pretty much everybody that we just have to keep them for sorting our situation and not the situation for different clubs."

With the player saying last season: "I'm disappointed that I did not play any more. Nobody likes to sit on the bench.

"It's clear that I want more time. I have to look at the situation and find a solution."

The ongoing break from Premier League action could give the Reds more time to consider their options, with Klopp being praised for his comments regarding the title and coronavirus fears.

He told the official website: “I don’t think this is a moment where the thoughts of a football manager should be important, but I understand for our supporters they will want to hear from the team and I will front that.

“First and foremost, all of us have to do whatever we can to protect one another. In society I mean. This should be the case all the time in life, but in this moment I think it matters more than ever.

“I’ve said before that football always seems the most important of the least important things. Today, football and football matches really aren’t important at all.

“Of course, we don’t want to play in front of an empty stadium and we don’t want games or competitions suspended, but if doing so helps one individual stay healthy – just one – we do it no questions asked.”

  • Liverpool FC
  • Jurgen Klopp
  • Premier League
  • Sevilla FC
  • La Liga

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