Darren Bent claims that Xherdan Shaqiri is in his final season at Liverpool after seeing him make his first start of the season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England striker says that the Swiss international will be desperate for game time and that an exit is likely to be on the cards.
Shaqiri has played five times for the Reds this season but Wednesday’s 5-2 win over Everton was his first appearance in the starting XI, the 28-year-old scoring as he saw out the full 90 minutes.
However, with so many options at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal, Bent suggests that Shaqiri is facing the exit door at Anfield in 2020.
Asked if this was the Swiss international’s final season at the club, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah, I’d say so because even for himself. He’s still quite young.
“I think he’ll want to go somewhere and play week in, week out. I think he’s earned that. Looking at Liverpool, he’ll do well for them on occasion but when is he going to go and get the chance to play a full season at Liverpool?
“He’s not going to when Mo Salah’s there, when Mane’s there. He’s been a great servant for them but I think it’s time he goes somewhere to play week in, week out.”
Shaqiri has a total of 35 appearances for the club since signing from Stoke City back in 2018, scoring seven goals and contributing five assists.
He has 111 Premier League games under his belt for both the Reds and the Potters, with 80 international caps to his name.
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