By Kevin Phillips

1st Aug, 2021 | 3:50pm

Phillips: Klopp could block £15m Shaqiri move in protest at Liverpool board

Kevin Phillips claims Jurgen Klopp may refuse to sell Xherdan Shaqiri in a protest against Liverpool chiefs.

The Sunderland legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest updates out of Anfield.

On 27th July, Football Insider revealed Klopp has let it be known to friends he is “unhappy” with Liverpool’s current transfer situation.

Liverpool have only signed centre back Ibrahima Konate this summer after they failed to defend their Premier League crown last season.

As quoted by Fabrizio Romano (July 26th), Shaqiri revealed to CorSport that he has told Liverpool’s board he is ready for a new challenge and would like to leave.

Phillips claims Shaqiri’s departure is best for all parties but insisted Klopp won’t let him go if a replacement isn’t incoming.

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“You would think that winning trophies would give you the money,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“They have won the Premier League, the Champions League, they should not be worrying about wheeling and dealing.

“It shows the times we’re all in but that deal for Shaqiri, it’s time for him to move on.

“He’s been a bit-part player for quite some time a fee of aorund £15million takes care of a player’s wages for a few years too.

“Every little helps at this point. I don’t think Klopp will let him go. Why would he?

“He might say to the board that he can’t afford to let players go unless they give him what he wants, as a sort of protest.

“For all parties concerned, I think Shaqiri just needs regular football.

In other news, pundit suggests behind-the-scenes Liverpool issues after ‘shocking’ Klopp reveal.