Liverpool: Stoke star nearly joined; interest in Sakho denied; Matip AFCoN absence confirmed
Stoke City winger and former Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed that he came very close to joining the Reds in 2014 but his ex-club Bayern Munich blocked the move, as the Swiss international told Spox:
“I wanted to leave in summer by all means and had offers from Liverpool and Atletico. Brendan Rodgers called me several times before the World Cup. But Bayern forbid me to leave.”
The winger was an exciting prospect at the time but has struggled to find consistency whilst with the Potters, perhaps signalling that it wasn’t a bad thing for the club to miss out on his services.
Lille are one of many clubs to have been linked with a move to rescue Mamadou Sakho from his period in the Liverpool under 23s squad after being exiled by Jurgen Klopp, but manager Marc Ingla told French radio station RMC:
“We are preparing for the January window. There are some interesting things we can do. We have contacted agents. We have spoken with the clubs. You have to do things properly. Depay and Sakho? I would prefer not to be specific! But I do not think that they will be coming to Lille, if you want an answer”
The Frenchman continues to turn out for the Reds’ reserve team but Jurgen Klopp has repeatedly made clear that he will not form part of his plans in the first team again.
The Cameroonian Football Association has confirmed that Joel Matip will not form part of their squad for the upcoming African Cup of Nations, despite attempts by the national team to change his mind. Their statement read:
“Seven have called the coach by telephone to notify him of their unavailability… Joel Matip does not want to play with the Lions at the moment due to a bad experience with the previous technical staff… These players want to privilege their personal interest to the detriment of the national team, which some of them have already used for their development. The Cameroon Football Federation reserves the right to take action against these players in accordance with FIFA regulations. However, the coach wants to reassure the public that he will put in place the best team possible with players who are motivated and determined to defend the colours of Cameroon.”
The move has upset a number of Reds fans, who are pleased by Matip’s decision. The central defender was born in Cameroon but spent most of his childhood in Germany, where he previously played for Schalke.
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