According to Sky Sports reporter Adam Bates, Xherdan Shaqiri’s rise to prominence means that Liverpool will not find the need to spend big in the winter transfer window.
Liverpool currently sits at the top of the Premier League table after a great start to the new season. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have notched up 45 points in 17 games winning 14 and drawing three so far and are yet to taste defeat in England’s top flight campaign. Having brought in some high-quality players in the summer transfer window, Liverpool looks like a well-oiled unit to compete for the title against Manchester City this term.
One summer signing who has stepped up big time since joining the Reds has been Xherdan Shaqiri as the Swiss winger has netted five goals and two assists already in the Premier League with two of those goals coming in the 3-1 win against Manchester United on Sunday when Shaqiri came off the bench.
Liverpool had initially targeted Lyon midfielder and captain Nabil Fekir in the summer transfer window but the Frenchman’s move to Anfield was halted at the last moment when he failed a medical but his name had not really been mentioned since the season has begun. That is mainly due to the emergence of 27-year-old Shaqiri from Stoke City as the attacker cost Liverpool only £13 million.
And Adam Bates of Sky Sports has stated that Shaqiri may be the reason why Liverpool keep their transfer funds in their pockets in January, “There’s a short-term issue in defense with the injury to Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. Virgil van Dijk has played every Premier League game and every Champions League game as well. If something happens they might be forced to panic but I think they’ve got depth everywhere. The only thing is that they went for Nabil Fekir in the summer so they were obviously looking for someone in that position when they pulled the plug on that. I think Shaqiri has done so well that they’ve got more options than perhaps they thought.”
Shaqiri has fit in extremely well at Liverpool mainly because he has been adept to the Premier League and relegation with Stoke City would have made him realize the importance of playing at a big club. I don’t see Liverpool finding the urge to spend big in January because they have a deep enough squad to challenge for glory.