Major blow for Brendan Rodgers as top Liverpool transfer target opts for Serie A switch

first_imgInter Milan have beaten Liverpool in the race to sign Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri, according to reports in Italy.The Merseysiders had been in discussions with the 23-year-old’s representatives over a deal to bring the talented midfielder to Anfield, but the Nerazzurri have agreed terms with Bayern.The news comes as a blow for Brendan Rodgers’ side as the Reds had identified the Swiss international as the man to kick-start their below-par Premier League season.And now, according to Sportitalia, Shaqiri will join Inter on loan during the January transfer window with a view to making the move permanent at the end of the season for a fee in the region of £12m.Inter boss Roberto Mancini believes Shaqiri can strengthen his team’s bid to challenge for the Serie A title and could complete the deal to sign the winger this week.The former Basel star, who joined the German giants in 2012 for £10m, has struggled to nail down a regular starting berth under boss Pep Guardiola –  although Shaqiri has struck two goals in 14 appearances this term. Xherdan Shaqiri 1last_img read more

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Divock Origi insists he could return for Liverpool before the end of the season

first_imgLiverpool forward Divock Origi has not given up hope of returning from an ankle injury before the end of the season.The 21-year-old Belgian was forced off during the second half of the 4-0 win over Everton at Anfield on April 20, having earlier scored what was his fifth goal in five appearances.Origi is confident his rehabilitation is progressing well, and can see himself back in action ahead of the end of the campaign.“It’s progressing well. It’s been 10 days now, so I try and improve every day and make steps, we just try and [ensure that] I’m back as quick as possible,” Origi said on the club’s official website, www.Liverpoolfc.com.“For example, yesterday and today I feel a big difference, with these injuries it can evolve everyday and we put in a lot of work.“I come into (training) very early and I leave in the evening, so we (work) a lot of hours, but I think that’s necessary because I want to come back as soon as possible.”Origi has not given up on playing again for the Reds this season. He added: “Of course, I believe in it.“My goal is to come back as soon as possible and I just want to go back on the pitch. I think it’s possible, but you never know.”Origi has become a popular player with Liverpool supporters, and is determined to prove their faith justified.“When you get a lot of love you’re grateful and you try to repay this,” he added.“It makes me work so hard, it gives me energy to work hard on my rehab and give everything to be back on the pitch and help the group.“I just hope that things will go quite fast.“I always want to be on the pitch and now these games that are coming are important and everybody wants to take part in them.“Sometimes that’s life, you have injuries, but I’m using this time to make myself stronger always and [to become] fresh mentally, and I hope I come back strong.” 1 Divock Origi was forced off during the second half of the 4-0 win over Everton last_img read more

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