Five players who could replace Xherdan Shaqiri at Liverpool

As injuries have hampered Xherdan Shaqiri’s impact since joining Liverpool, BEN PAINTER looks at some of the players the Reds could look at to replace him in the summer.

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Xherdan Shaqiri’s Liverpool future has been under question for a couple of seasons, largely due to the winger’s torrid luck with injuries during his spell on Merseyside.

The Swiss joined in 2018 from Stoke City following their relegation to the Championship and has proven himself to be a decent backup option and a fan favourite.

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Now at 29, however, Shaqiri’s injuries are all too frequent and Liverpool could look at bringing in someone a little more reliable to be a more regular attacking option off the bench.

With that in mind, we took a look at five players that Liverpool could bring in if Shaqiri is moved on in the summer.

Noni Madueke

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Madueke moved to PSV in the Netherlands from Tottenham Hotspur in 2018 and broke into their team a year later, becoming a regular starter on the right wing this season.

He has six goals and as many assists in 16 games in the Eredivisie this season. At just 18 years old he is certainly one to look out for, showing promise and class beyond his years.

Born in England, transfermarkt value the winger at £8million but for a young English talent it will certainly cost Liverpool a lot more to bring him to Anfield.

Importantly, Madueke’s English passport means he would be able to avoid the new work permit rules, which greatly restrict Premier League clubs from signing foreign youngsters.

Adama Traoré

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Known for his immense speed and strength – those attributes alone are why he is largely sought after – he did not move on from Wolves after a good season last year.

Traoré has played 30 times this season, but has only registered one assist and one goal in those games and his end-product is somewhat questionable at times. Perhaps this is the reason he is yet to be snapped up by one of the bigger clubs?

At just 25 years old he has plenty of time to develop and grow his game working with Jürgen Klopp and his team. If anyone can harness Traoré’s counter-attacking prowess and nurture it, it’s the Liverpool boss.

Transfermarkt value the winger at £35m and it could prove to be another bargain for the Reds if they choose to purchase the Spaniard, as his pace off the bench could be a real weapon.

Jadon Sancho

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After his move from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund, the English winger has become a star in Germany, putting in a lot of great performances on the right wing in the Bundesliga.

Sancho is now a regular in the England squad and is valued at around £100million, it may prove to be too expensive for Liverpool in the current climate – but it would be well worth it for his superstar talent. Not to mention the Reds’ owners would certainly be keen on the marketing opportunities presented by one of the game’s real young superstars.

The winger has 16 assists and 12 goals in 31 games in all competitions for Dortmund – unbelievable stats for a man still only 20 years old, especially considering he was being criticised in Germany earlier this season after a bit of a dry spell.

If they can stump up the cash, Liverpool should take full advantage.

Jack Grealish

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The Aston Villa captain had a breakout season in the last campaign, and this term he has really gone on to prove he is one of the best English players in the Premier League.

Cutting in from the left wing, Grealish has 12 assists and six goals in the Premier League this season. Although he regularly plays on the opposite flank to Shaqiri, he is versatile enough to play in most midfield and attacking positions.

Grealish is valued at £45m by transfermarkt and in reality he would likely cost more than that, so Liverpool will have to pay a fairly decent amount for the England international.

But he really is something special and would be a fantastic addition to the squad.

Harvey Elliott

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A cost-free option to replace Shaqiri could be one already at the club. Elliott is just 17 years old and currently on loan at Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.

He is their starting right winger this season and has nine assists and five goals in the second tier – superb stats for someone his age.

Left-footed and small in stature, he looks to be an ideal like-for-like swap for Shaqiri and he could be the answer that Liverpool already have on their books. However, he could need a couple more years of development before he is ready to play regularly at the highest level.

For example, fellow Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson, currently at Cardiff City, has proven he can score goals in the Championship – but struggled at times last season in the Premier League for Bournemouth.

Nevertheless, we all know Elliott’s talent and attitude. It would be a real shock if he doesn’t go on to be a superb player for the Reds.

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