Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp drops Xherdan Shaqiri transfer hint as two clubs keen on star

Liverpool have omitted Xherdan Shaqiri from their squad vs Arsenal as he nears a potential Anfield exit. Jurgen Klopp has made nine changes for the Carabao Cup tie, with just 72 hours separated from their league victory over the same opponents.

Virgil van Dijk and Mohammed Salah are the only two players to start both games, with Klopp utilising his squad in a tournament low on his list of priorities.

Diogo Jota was handed his full Liverpool debut after netting on Monday night, while youngsters like Neco Williams, Rhys Williams and Curtis Jones also handed starts.

Klopp confirmed he had to make changes for the game against Mikel Arteta’s men, as the early season fixture congestion rears its head.

“We had to make changes,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “No chance to have all the same players play again.

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“We kept some boys in that looked really good from a physical point of view.

“Mo (Salah) looks really good so far. Virg (Van Dijk), we will make the change again, if possible at half-time. Virg plays until half-time, Joe (Gomez) after half-time.

“Apart from that, we have to see. Good, some players in slightly new positions so that’s how it is.

“James (Milner) has to again play at left-back but we will see.”

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Meanwhile, Xherdan Shaqiri has been left out of the squad against the Gunners. He shone in the win over Lincoln City last week, but has been left out as speculation over a potential exit mounts.

Goal report that he has been left out due to transfer interest, with the Reds unwilling to take a risk on his finess.

They suggest two, undisclosed clubs are in for the midfielder, who could now leave before the October 5 deadline.

Klopp heaped praise on the Swiss international last week, suggesting the fact he was substituted was entirely his fault.

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“It was my fault [he was substituted] – I was afraid he twisted his ankle slightly but he was completely fine it was absolutely nothing – he just touched it twice but I think it was good then to take him off.

“But he played a really, really good game. The set pieces were outstanding – especially the free-kick he scored, what a goal that was!

“There is no doubt about Shaqi’s quality – there was never.

“At the moment everything looks really good and looks really promising, so we will see.”

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