Xherdan Shaqiri: The crash! Flop of the first half of the season, Lyon wants to sell him – FOOTBALL INTERNATIONAL

Everything should actually get better in Lyon. In fact …

Xherdan Shaqiri (30) left Liverpool FC in the summer because he was not used there. His new club Olympique Lyon offered him better prospects.

Almost four months later, things look very different! Shaqiri is only sitting on the bench in France, Lyon wants to sell him.

The Shaqiri Crash!

With a meager 23 points, the former top club, which is coached by ex-BVB coach Peter Bosz, is only 13th in the league. Of course, far too little for the demands of the French.

You started the season with high expectations. In addition to Shaqiri, who cost six million euros, Jérôme Boateng was another former Bayern star. President Jean-Michel Aulas spoke of a “weighty investment for the coming years” when introducing the Swiss national player.

But the investment was not worth it. Since the beginning of November, Shaqiri has made exactly one appearance (66 minutes) out of seven in the league.

Of course, the French media shot at him. L’Equipe even voted the Swiss – with Monaco goalkeeper Alexander Nübel – the flop of the first half of the season. Journalist Hervé Penot described it as a “failure, a miscast”.


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In 2018, Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp even described the Shaqiri transfer from Stoke to Anfield as “theft”. After all, the “Reds” only had to pay 15 million euros – a real bargain by English football standards.

In Liverpool, Shaqiri always filled the role behind the trio of Salah, Mané and Firmino. As with Bayern, Shaqiri was the noble joker, who really brought steam into play when he was substituted on.

But this fire, too, was lost in the end. With Diogo Jota, Liverpool signed a new noble replacement, who even played more often from the start. So there was no more room for Shaqiri. Even when Liverpool were in serious trouble with injuries, Klopp no ​​longer relied on the Swiss.

Shaqiri made 63 appearances for Liverpool FC

Shaqiri made 63 appearances for Liverpool FC

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However, he regularly shows that there is still a lot of footballing class in Shaqiri with the Swiss national team. Therefore, it was also thought that he could play big in Lyon.

However, the French are known as a training association. With Lucas Paqueta, Houssem Aouar and Rayan Cherki he now has three players in front of his nose again. Unlike Liverpool, Lyon also rely on player sales. It is understandable that the youngsters are given preference over the 30-year-old.

Bosz said of his bench player: “He plays better in axis – and there we have Houssem Aouar and Lucas Paqueta. That’s why he mostly played on the right. We have several players with the same qualities.”


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Since Shaqiri does not play for nothing in France (around 4 million euros a year), they are now considering selling him again after only four months.

With regard to the World Cup, which begins in almost eleven months, he urgently needs playing time. Therefore, all signs point to a quick farewell …