Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp will reportedly refuse to allow any of his first-team stars to leave the club in the winter transfer window.
The Merseyside giants are 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League table and have a match in hand on their nearest rivals, while they remain in the hunt for the Champions League and FA Cup.
In turn, to sustain their push for the title and to continue their pursuit of trophies this year, Jurgen Klopp will want as much quality depth available to him as possible to be sure that they can cope if they suffer any injuries.
Youngsters Nat Phillips and Rhian Brewster have been allowed to leave on loan, but as noted by The Mirror, no other senior professionals will be allowed to move as Jurgen Klopp wants to keep his current group at the club, and that could mean no exit for Xherdan Shaqiri.
Given his lack of playing time this campaign, that could be a frustrating outcome for the Swiss international winger, but at the same time, he now has an opportunity to force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans in the coming months to play a vital role in a potential title-winning side.
That should be motive enough for him and others considering an exit to stay at Anfield, while it’s a sensible strategy from Jurgen Klopp too as he won’t want the balance and chemistry in the line-up to be disrupted by losing any players.
Time will tell if the Reds go on to lift more trophies this year, but if they do keep their current line-up together, it’s hard to see anyone stopping them such has been their relentless march so far this campaign.