Liverpool make Xherdan Shaqiri transfer decision due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Liverpool have made a transfer decision on Xherdan Shaqiri due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Swiss international has only made seven appearances this season, managing to register a Carabao Cup goal against Lincoln and an assists in the 2-1 Premier League win over West Ham.

With Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota ahead of him, it has seen the 29-year-old get linked with a move away from Anfield.

But Swiss have reported that the pandemic has sparked a U-turn on the forward from Liverpool.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson plunged the country back into national lockdown on Monday due to the spread of a mutant Covid-19 strain.

And the report states that it means Shaqiri will not be shown the door in January as the Reds’ hands are “tied” by the pandemic.

While their upcoming Champions League and FA Cup campaigns – combined with title pressure from Manchester United – mean they do not want to “deteriorate quantitively or qualitatively” their squad.

This would see the forward “probably spend the entire season” with the Anfield side.

Shaqiri joined the club from Stoke in 2018 – but has only made 48 appearances under Jurgen Klopp in that time.

But the 29-year-old has been called on in the last two games, getting 33 minutes in the surprise 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

It comes as Diogo Jota, who arrived from Wolves for £45m over the summer, picked up an injury after the Champions League draw against Midtjylland.

The injury saw the forward join an injury bench that includes three centre-backs in Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

It has already seen the Premier League champions bring in teenage defender Stefan Bajcetic from Celta Vigo.

But the Reds could still bolster their options at the back as they have contacted Bayern Munich star David Alaba’s agent.

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