Liverpool have reportedly turned down a loan offer from AS Roma for Xherdan Shaqiri, consistent with Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, with the Serie A club supposedly curious about Swiss international as a replacement for the injured Nicolo Zaniolo for the rest of the season.
Shaqiri has only made 10 appearances for Liverpool all season (three of them from the start), playing just 256 minutes, but when handed his first start of the campaign within the Merseyside derby in early December, he offered a timely reminder of his quality with a well-taken goal during a polished all-round display.
At this stage, there would appear to be little or no benefit for Liverpool in letting him go, while for the player himself, it’s quite likely that he’ll be adding a Premier League winner’s medal to his collection come the top of the season and be ready to play his part in an iconic chapter within the club’s history.
In terms of profile, there are similarities with Shaqiri, therein Elliott is additionally a heavily left-footed, diminutive creative attacker, best suited to cutting inside from the right-hand side, but capable of slotting into variety of various roles, with the skillset to potentially play across the forward line in years to return .
That isn’t to mention that Liverpool won’t invest in new attacking signings within the summer also , but as succession planning for the longer term of the attack becomes ever more important as time moves on, Elliott is probably going to become increasingly involved in Klopp’s thinking, instead of going out on loan as many youngsters do when trying to realize experience. the very fact that he’s already training regularly with a number of the simplest players within the world at Melwood can only accelerate his development, alongside his regular involvement for the U23s.
It’s important to not place an excessive amount of pressure on such young shoulders, and development doesn’t necessarily follow a linear trajectory, but on the evidence thus far , it wouldn’t come as a serious surprise if Elliott is that the able to take Shaqiri’s place within the squad, and starts to feature far more heavily for the senior side (not just in domestic cup competitions) sooner instead of later.
Souce : liverpool.com