Jurgen Klopp opens up on Xherdan Shaqiri's Liverpool future before January transfer window


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists Xherdan Shaqiri has a future at the club, despite suggestions the winger could leave Anfield next month.

Shaqiri has found first-team football hard to come by since joining the Reds from Stoke last July.

The 28-year-old has made a total of 34 appearances for the Merseysiders, the majority of which have seen him come off the bench.

Shaqiri’s failure to establish himself as a first-team regular has seen him linked with a move away from the Premier League leaders.

Klopp is well aware of the speculation linking the Switzerland star with a January transfer but is adamant he is still part of his plans.

He said: “Why should I talk about something that’s outside? We spoke earlier [in the season] that he wasn’t playing as much as he wanted to.

“Speculation is speculation. Completely fine here. Of course, he has a future here.”

Shaqiri has been out of action for the last two months with a calf injury but returned to full training earlier this week.

Klopp is happy to have the former Bayern Munich man back at his disposal, saying: “There was a period when he could not play.

“He just has to train, no other reason. To get the match fitness takes time.

“He trained this week. Apart from that, he should be completely fine. No need to rush it, it’s intense for him at the moment.”

Liverpool will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, travelling to south London to take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.



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