Reds sticking to Shaqiri valuation, Williams to stay, no need to sign playmaker

Xherdan Shaqiri remains set to leave Anfield this summer after three seasons with the club but interested clubs remain short of Liverpool's valuation of the Swiss forward.

Interest remains from France, Italy and Spain but as yet no club has lodged a bid that meets the Reds' demands as they aim to recoup what they paid Stoke for Shaqiri in 2018.

Meanwhile, the pre-season form of Neco Williams and Harvey Elliott have impacted on Jurgen Klopp's transfer plans for the remainder of the window.

Williams is now set to stay at the club and Liverpool have cooled their interest in bringing an attacking midfielder to the club.

Lyon short of Shaqiri valuation

French side Lyon are the first club to make a concrete approach to Liverpool for Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri but are understood to far apart from the club's asking price.

Liverpool want at least £12million for the wideman and are in no rush to sell with two years still remaining on his contract.

Shaqiri wants a move, though, as he aims for more first team football and having impressed at the Euros for his country is not short of suitors.

Sevilla, Villarreal, Napoli and Lazio are all interested as well as Lyon, who may raise their initial bid after being rebuffed by the Reds.

Neco Williams to remain

Welsh full-back Neco Williams is set to stay at Anfield this summer, having previously been linked with a move away this summer.

The youngster had been interested in leaving this summer with Wolves, Southampton and Leeds all interested.

It was understood that 18-year-old academy graduate Conor Bradley would be promoted from the under-23s to replace Williams within the first-team squad.

However, he is now set to stay after convincing Jurgen Klopp in pre-season that he is worthy of serving as back-up to Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right side of the back four.

No need to sign an attacking midfielder

Another player that has impressed in pre-season is teenage midfielder Harvey Elliott, who also had a fruitful loan spell on loan at Blackburn Rovers last season.

He has followed up his seven goals in the Championship with a string of encouraging performances in pre-season and started the recent friendly against Athletic Bilbao at Anfield.

It is now likely he will start this weekend against Norwich City and has convinced Klopp that there is no need to sign another midfielder.

Some fans have even gone as far as saying that Elliott represents the club finally finding a replacement for Phillippe Coutinho, three years after he left the club.

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