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Liverpool star Shaqiri might struggle for central chances if Gross signs

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Liverpool star Shaqiri might struggle for central chances if Gross signs

Liverpool are supposedly looking at signing Pascal Gross from Brighton this January.

According to The Mirror Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring in an attacking midfielder, with the Seagulls creator an option going into the winter window.

Gross was picked up by the south coast club for just £3 million in the summer of 2017 from Bundesliga side Ingolstadt and impressed in his first season in the Premier League.

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Gross scored seven goals and made eight assists and was crucial in helping keep Brighton in the top flight.

This term he’s struggled a bit with injury meaning he has only been able to feature in eight games out of 16 so far.

But Jurgen Klopp knows his quality fairly well having seen him in Germany before transferring to Brighton, and is ready to consider a £15 million bid.

 

Shaqiri central hopes dashed?

One man who could well be affected by Gross’ potential arrival at Anfield is Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Switzerland international was signed for £13 million in the summer from relegated Stoke City (The Guardian) and has been one of the bargain signings of the season so far.

He’s really impressed for the Reds, particularly through the middle.

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But one has to wonder if he’d get much of a chance to play in his favoured position if Gross was signed.

The German doesn’t really have the pace to play on the wings and therefore must be played centrally in order to play to his strengths.

Although Shaqiri can play wide, there is fierce competition there in the form of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.

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