How Liverpool summer buy Xherdan Shaqiri responded to Everton fan’s transfer plea

How Liverpool summer buy Xherdan Shaqiri responded to Everton fan’s transfer plea

Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed he responded with an emphatic “No” when asked to join Everton during the summer. 

Shaqiri, 27, has found first-team opportunities limited since relocating to Anfield, but the Switzerland international has impressed whenever on the field and it has even been suggested he could fill the void left by Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona last January move worth over £140m in transfer fees.

The former Stoke City player has only started six matches across all competition but has scored two goals and registered three assists.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has been impressed by his form, rewarding the pint-sized marvel with a starting berth in the previous two Premier League matches.

The Reds will contest in the first Merseyside derby of the season on Sunday, and Shaqiri has opened up on his potential transfer to the Toffees during the summer.

He is quoted by the Liverpool Echo, “It’s my first derby so it’s going to be very special.

“I want to see and to feel the atmospheres in these derbies. I’m looking forward to it.

“I know just one Evertonian. He said to me when I was at Stoke, ‘You have to come to Everton .’ I said, ‘No!'”

The one-word response will only help endear Shaqiri to the Liverpool faithful. However, with Everton having made wholesale changes over the summer following the recruitment of both Bernard and Richarlison – both of whom have thrived this season so far – the blue half of Merseyside may not be too dissatisfied with his answer.

Liverpool have made a brilliant start to the season. Currently, they are unbeaten in the league, in second place and only two points behind league-leaders Manchester City after 13 matches, 10 of which they have won.

The Toffees, meanwhile, have started to find their feet after a tentative start under Marco Silva, currently sixth in the table above Manchester United after their 1-0 win against Cardiff on Saturday.

Before Liverpool and Everton lock horns at the weekend, Klopp’s side will first have to contest against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday in Group C.