Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he is “really happy” to have Xherdan Shaqiri at the Merseyside outfit and declared the Liverpool forward “an important player” during the season amid reports the player could be allowed to depart this summer.
Shaqiri’s first season at Anfield comes to a close on Saturday when Liverpool take on Spurs in the Champions League final in Madrid.
The 27-year-old is not anticipated to start the final, barring any late injury concerns, but the Swiss winger will at least hope to make an impression off of the bench if called upon.
Reports since the league campaign reached its climax have implied the Reds would be open to selling Shaqiri if the right offer was received, notwithstanding their lack of back-up options in the wide positions.
But Klopp, looking at old pictures of his first-team squad in their youths in a Viasport segment, praised the influence of Shaqiri at Anfield as he appeared to suggest the opposite.
The 51-year-old, meanwhile, feels the former Bayern Munich winger and his team-mates are the best squads he has ever taken to a final because of their mix of attitude and ability.
But the German will hope to take this current Reds contingent one step further at his third attempt having reached the final in improbable circumstances.
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