Shaqiri Out? Five Liverpool Players That Need To Be On The Summer Transfer List
Five-time European champions Liverpool have made the Quarter-Finals of the Champions League era for the sixth time, and the second successive season after seeing off Bayern Munchen in Germany this week.
"We've laid down a marker tonight that LFC is back on the top level of European football" said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (BBC Sport) in the aftermath
After three-and-a-half years on Merseyside, the German has assembled a strong squad with the ability to compete with the continent's creme-de-la-creme, and challenge for the English league title.
However, there are certainly a few kinks in this armour. We take a look at who should be on Liverpool’s transfer list come the summer.
The world’s most expensive defender Virgil van Dijk needs a world-class partner at the back. Joel Matip is not that man, and showed his fallability with the own goal that put Red celebrations temporarily on ice in Bavaria.
The Reds skipper has been a servant of the club since 2011, and has made close to 250 appearances. The 28-year-old was withdrawn less than a quarter of an hour into the Munich clash, and it’s evident that Liverpool play far better without him in the first team setup. Pass the armband over to Virgil van Dijk.
An interesting one this one, the Swiss international was only bought in an excellent cut-price £13 million deal last summer from relegated Stoke City. However, he’s it could be argued that the winger has not been utilized correctly by his manager. Since the start of 2019, the 27-year-old , Shaqiri has made only two Premier League starts, and has been benched completely for their last three games. He’s also only made a single start in the Champions League this season. These should be his prime years, should he waste them on the sidelines?
The long goodbye, injuries have blighted the Englishman’s progression; remember when he was part of that scintillating attacking triumvirate of the 2013/14 season?
A fan favourite, granted, a great utility man and a remarkable assists record. Milner has been a servant of the club for four years, after moving on a bosman from Manchester City. However, looking to the future, is the ageing Yorkshireman there to frighten Europe’s elite, if that’s where Liverpool want to remain? Methinks not.