Since joining Liverpool in 2018, Xherdan Shaqiri’s game time has been somewhat limited. This was always likely to be the case for the forward, given he has to compete with the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for a place in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.
However, in the second half of last season, the 27-year-old’s opportunities became even more restricted. The resurgence of Divock Origi has seen Shaqiri fall even further down the pecking order. Now, it would seem that his long-term future does not lie with the Reds at all.
As quoted by The Sun, Shaqiri has said, “I am disappointed that I am no longer getting to play in matches. No player is happy to sit on the bench. It is clear that I would like to have more playing time. I need to take a good look at the situation and find a solution”. These words imply that the 80-cap Switzerland international is seriously considering leaving Anfield. With the European transfer window still open he could even leave this month.
If he remains with Liverpool until January though, then Newcastle United should seriously consider making a move to sign him in the winter window. Given he seems surplus to requirements on Merseyside, the Magpies would likely be able to reach an acceptable agreement.
Shaqiri would surely get plenty of game time at St James’ Park. He thrives with the responsibility of being one of the star men, which he would be in Steve Bruce’s set up. With his flair, creativity and technical ability he could soon strike up a dynamic attacking partnership with the likes of Miguel Almiron and Joelinton. The move would get Shaqiri back in the spotlight where he belongs, and would also represent another step forward for this evolving Newcastle team.