‘You Never Know’: Liverpool Fan Favourite Refuses To Rule Out Move To Italy
Liverpool’s quest for silverware has hit a couple of stumbling blocks in recent weeks with back-to-back losses in the Champions League putting a severe dent in their aspirations of emulating last year’s success in the tournament when the Reds went all the way to the final in Kiev.
However, the faith still remains and manager Jürgen Klopp has impressed for the most part with his squad construction after enjoying an impressive summer transfer window that has got Liverpool fans buoyed.
Fabinho, Naby Keita, goalkeeper Alisson, and Xherdan Shaqiri all arrived at Anfield with the club’s outlay reaching over a ginormous £150 million.
Dynamic midfielder Shaqiri especially has endeared himself well at Liverpool following his £13 million move and in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport (translated via The Star) the player was asked to speculate on his future on Merseyside after less than six months at the club.
Shaqiri has been a Premier League player since 2015 with a three-year stint at Stoke City which eventually led to the move further north.
Preceding the Potters, Shaqiri had a brief spell at Serie A side Internazionale where he managed a total of just 20 appearances and was questioned as to whether a return to Italy could be on the books in the future;
“I had some good times there, and I couldn't criticise Inter Milan ever.
“A lot of players joined in that winter, such as [Lukas] Podolski, [Mateo] Kovacic, myself, and a lot of changes were ongoing.
“Go back to Italy? I'm fine at Liverpool, but you never know.”
A diplomatic response as The Kop have taken to the Swiss star quite well, escaping the criticism aimed at an uninspiring midfield that has gained traction in recent weeks having been deemed responsible for some tepid performances belying a run of strong results. However he still only has around four hours of Premier League playing time so far this season. If more pitch minutes aren’t forthcoming, the rumours of an Italian job might start rolling faster.
27-year-old Shaqiri has a five-year contract with the Reds until the end of the 2022/23 season.