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LIVERPOOL forward Xherdan Shaqiri is reportedly being targeted by Turkish side Galatasaray in January.
The Switzerland international was recruited to add further quality in depth to Liverpool’s pool of attacking options, with Klopp having eyed wide options to deputise for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah when necessary.
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The Switzerland international moved to Anfield for a cut-price £13m in the summer from relegated Stoke.
After making a slow start under Jurgen Klopp where he was used sparingly, the 27-year-old is now just beginning to force his way into the first team reckoning.
Assists against Huddersfield and Red Star Belgrade were followed by his first goal for his new club, at home to Cardiff.
Despite his improved performances, Galatasaray are thought to be ready to tempt Klopp with a loan offer in January, according to TMW.
While it is unlikely that the Reds will sanction a deal of any kind for Shaqiri, a loan offer is the most likely option.
With Liverpool’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino starting to find their feet this season, Shaqiri could possibly see playing time reduced again.
Especially after the Champions League group stages are completed when Liverpool will have just the Premier League to focus on for a couple of months.
After losing to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and with the FA Cup not coming into play until January, Shaqiri may become more unsettled if he cannot force his way into Klopp’s Premier League team.
The forward did not travel to Belgrade for the team’s shock loss to Red Star in the Champions League on Tuesday and will be fresh.
The manager was unhappy with the display and held an inquest back at the training ground on the team’s return.
Defender Andy Robertson expected the meeting as he revealed Klopp’s routine after defeats when he spoke at the Rajko Mitic Stadium on Tuesday.
“The lads are disappointed,” he said. “There’s no hiding that. You don’t forget about these results quickly and that’s what happens.
“The gaffer, win or lose, he always speaks more the day after the game because that’s when he can clear his head and that’s where he gets the best out of us, where he can talk from his thoughts.
“It’s no different if we win or lose but we’ll definitely have a debrief and I’m sure a few things will be said.”
Liverpool have lost their two away games in Europe this season after defeat by Napoli in Italy last month.