Liverpool fans have been vocal in voicing their disdain in failing to sign Xherdan Shaqiri. It isn't hard to imagine why either; the 23 year old has been an up-and-coming talent for a long time. Famed for his shooting power, this came to fruition during the 2014 World Cup where he announced himself on the international stage with a superb hat-trick.
Also, in buying Shaqiri Liverpool would have gained an able crosser - something they lack aside from Alberto Moreno and Steven Gerrard. Shaqiri completed 1.4 crosses per game during his 2nd season with Bayern, last season he completed 1.1 and he completed 1.3 in the World Cup for Switzerland. Aside from Gerrard, no other player comes close to those figures - a symptom of the slick football Rodgers is trying to implement. Nonetheless, Shaqiri would have given Liverpool versatility.
His talent is undeniable and now that he has secured himself a move to Inter Milan, Shaqiri should be able to demonstrate on a regular basis just how good he is.
However, just because someone is talented it does not necessarily mean they would be a good fit for a club and that is precisely the case with Liverpool.
In the current 3-4-2-1 formation, Shaqiri would be best slotted into one of the two attacking midfield roles. However, that is currently an overpopulated role. Coutinho and Lallana are the 1st choice players in that role, and once Daniel Sturridge is back to full fitness, you imagine Raheem Sterling would be fighting for a place between those three. Buying Shaqiri would simply create unnecessary competition, especially once considering Markovic is being played out of position as a wing back to make the formation work.
Even if Liverpool returned to a more familiar 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1, Shaqiri would be just one of many players vying for a few roles. Whilst not denying Shaqiri's talent, Liverpool's creativity has picked up substantially to the point the attacking midfield is arguably the only functioning position in the team.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are in dire need of a goalkeeper, a centre back or two, a defensive midfielder and a striker. If funds are said to be limited, perhaps it was best Liverpool didn't sign Shaqiri.
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