Liverpool ready to listen to offers for £80,000-a-week forward

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Merseyside club are willing to let Xherdan Shaqiri go this summer but the Reds want to make a £15m profit on the attacker. Switzerland international has had only 256 minutes of senior action this campaign and suffered from a series of niggling injuries.

A source with knowledge of Xherdan’s situation said that Reds and their director of football Michael Edwards will look to place a £28m asking price on him as seek a bumper profit.

Shaqiri was signed in the summer of 2018 when Liverpool triggered the £13m release clause in his Stoke City deal after their relegation.

The 28-year-old winger has been eyeing a possible exit since November and it became clear he would be used even less in his second season at Liverpool than in his first.

The Swiss attacker did not push to leave in winter as he wanted to be part of a historic campaign at Anfield, one that now promises to continue deep into the summer.

Xherdan has not played in any matches, or even made a matchday squad, for the Reds since a late sub appearance in the 1-0 victory over Tottenham on 11 January.

Shaqiri has played two Premier League games among 10 games in all tournaments this campaign, scoring in the demolition derby victory over Everton in December. Xherdan signed a five-year deal when he joined from the Potters that runs until the summer of 2023.