Plenty of Liverpool fans have been left unimpressed with reports of a possible departure from Anfield this summer and Jurgen Klopp’s alleged reasoning for being happy to sanction the sale.
According to The Mirror, the Reds manager is willing to part company with Xherdan Shaqiri if any club can match Liverpool’s £25m valuation of the player, with the German intending to open the door for Rhian Brewster to obtain more regular first team opportunities. That news was later shared on Twitter by @AnfieldEdition.
Jurgen Klopp is ready to sell Xherdan Shaqiri this summer for £25m for one reason: Rhian Brewster.
Klopp wants the striker to play a role in the first-team next year and does not want to block his chances. [The Mirror] pic.twitter.com/nT20eV2lbp
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) April 14, 2020
Shaqiri is likely to depart Anfield in the summer, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, and has made only two Premier League starts all season, getting a paltry 256 minutes of game-time across all competitions in 2019/20. Meanwhile, 20-year-old striker Brewster made his senior Reds debut last September and played in two further games before being loaned out to Swansea since January, where he has scored four goals in 11 Championship games.
These Liverpool fans on Twitter weren’t pleased to hear of Klopp’s reported intentions, with some supporters feeling that Brewster isn’t yet ready for regular action at Anfield and that Shaqiri would be unfairly jettisoned:
Harsh on Shaqiri. I know injuries are an issue but he’s been quality when he has played.
— Paul (@paulcl97) April 14, 2020
— VINNIE KULLAR (@ksk1892) April 14, 2020
The shaq transfer hasn’t worked as he’s permanently injured but Brewster doesn’t look ready for Prem football at the moment.
— ????? ???????? (@iam_emmo) April 14, 2020
Klopp gonna swap a player who can play in 2/3 positions with someone who can only play in 1 and not even the same ones. Very unklopp like
— ??? (@Baiju_03_P) April 14, 2020
Hoping this is false though
Sturridge, lallana, Ox were injured for longer periods and he didnt just sell them off like that…brewster or no brewster…shaq is a quality asset to the team and should be given a chance
— El-magnifico? (@jayson_1010) April 14, 2020
Brewster making klopp team week in week out won’t happen anytime soon, just stop vain dreaming.
— ?HOLLAKUNLE? (@highjok) April 14, 2020
I understand that Brewster should be given chances but not using the big shaq as a scape goat.
— G-shakes (@Gshakes2) April 15, 2020
Liverpool fans, do you think Klopp would be mistaken to let Shaqiri go in order to increase the possibility of Brewster playing first team minutes for the Reds? Join in the discussion by commenting below!