Liverpool star ‘not in the mood’ as he snubs transfer opportunity

Liverpool: Shaqiri tells Van Dijk to ‘go way’ during interview

Liverpool star Xherdan Shaqiri has turned down a move to Hertha Berlin this month as he doesn’t want to get involved in a relegation battle, reports suggest. Hertha have apparently identified three transfer targets in the current window, but are unlikely to sign any of them.

Shaqiri is set to stay at Liverpool until the end of the season, despite his limited chances of first-team football.

The Swiss ace is under contract at Anfield until 2023, and he seems unwilling to cut his tenure short.

He was heavily linked with a move away last summer, having barely featured in Liverpool’s Premier League title-winning campaign.

But he opted to stay put and fight for his place under Jurgen Klopp, and has been rewarded with two starts already this season – as many as he achieved in the entire previous campaign.

Injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have meant midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho have had to drop back to the defence.

That’s meant a space in the middle of midfield has opened up, which Shaqiri has filled in recent games.

And it seems his recent game time has meant he has now decided to stay put instead of leave for regular football this month.

Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin wanted to sign him, according to Sky Germany, via Fussball Transfers.

Hertha are struggling at the moment and are sat in 14th place in the Bundesliga table, just two points ahead of the relegation play-off place.

They’ve lost nine of their 18 league games so far this season, and are in danger of dropping down a division to the Bundesliga 2.

Hertha fired Bruno Labbadia over the weekend and replaced him with Pal Dardai, and the new boss has lofty transfer ambitions.

He’s reported to have given the club a three-man list of Shaqiri, Christian Eriksen and Ivan Perisic.

But they are unlikely to sign any of them, as Shaqiri has apparently decided he doesn’t want to get involved in a relegation battle.

They have also accepted that Eriksen and Perisic’s wages would be too high for them to meet, with both on lofty salaries at Inter Milan.

Eriksen is on the transfer list at the San Siro and had been expected to leave this month, though a move now seems unlikely.

Tottenham and Arsenal had both been linked, but the Gunners are set to sign Martin Odegaard on loan and Spurs have just a number of days left to bring the Dane back to north London.

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