Xherdan Shaqiri’s Lyon move and what it means for Liverpool’s transfer business

Xherdan Shaqiri has completed a £9.5 million move to French side Lyon as Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is keen on giving academy graduates a chance in the first team.

The 29-year-old leaves Liverpool having won the Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

However, the Swiss international has been used sparingly over the past two years making just 10 starts for the first team.

His only goal of the 20/21 season came in the 7-2 thumping of Lincoln City in the League Cup.

And Klopp believes the time is right for Shaqiri to move on as the German gaffer is ready to test the water with some of Liverpool's brightest youngsters.

The Liverpool Echo report the move to Lyon was sanctioned as the Reds are unwilling to block Harvey Elliott's path to the first team; they believe this season could be a crucial one for the 18-year-old.

In fact, this was also the Reds' stance for the 19/20 campaign, until Shaqiri turned down the chance to leave.

Only then did the Liverpool hierarchy give the green light for Elliott's loan move.

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The teenager shone for Blackburn Rovers in the Championship, registering seven goals and 11 assists.

With just one week left until transfer deadline day, it doesn't appear, at present, that Klopp is rushing to bring anyone else in before August 31st.

The Reds boss is happy with the arrival of Ibrahima Konate and would ideally like a striker, but only if the right opportunity presents itself.

Much of this depends on Divock Origi, as his departure would provide significant funds for Klopp to bring in another attacker.

However, there have been no official bids for the Belgian so far.

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