Transfer Rumours: Shaqiri or Simon?

In a week where Liverpool have reportedly opened discussions with Stoke about the signing of Shaqiri, KAA Gent’s flying winger Moses Simon has also spoken out about being aware of Liverpool’s interest but who is the better fit?

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For me, this is a no brainier. Shaqiri. Since his time as a team mate of a certain Mo Salah at F.C. Basel, Shaqiri, who looked the more promising of the two wingers at the time, secured a big move to Bayern. In hindsight, I’m sure he would now agree that move came too early for him, especially considering the precocious talents of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery stood in his way of regular first team football. He needed a move and Brendan Rodgers tried to bring him to LFC at that time, a move I must admit I really hoped would happen and the player himself wishing to move to Anfield but it wasn’t to be and he went off for a short, ill-fated stint at Inter before shocking many by moving to Stoke.

He’s vastly experienced now, having played for a number of big clubs in different leagues and he’s played at three international tournaments where he’s consistently been one of Switzerland’s best players. He’s well equipped to hit the ground running at Anfield.

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Moses Simon on the other hand is at the beginning of his career and playing at a significantly lower level than the Premier and Champions League. He looks a good player but is completely untested at elite level and he could well be overawed coming to Anfield, especially in his first season. At the very least, he would need time to settle and adapt and with our wingers being so vital to the way we play, a club with our ambitions doesn’t have the luxury of allowing a player to learn ‘on the job’ in such a vital position for us, should anything happen to Mane or Salah.

Shaqiri has that crucial Premier League experience and has proved he can score and assist in the league, despite playing for one of the least creative teams. £13.5 million is what is being quoted for him and in this day and age, that is absolute peanuts. He’s got genuine pace, frightens defenders and has a goal in him. Like I said, it’s surely a no-brainer... right?

I wonder what he’s like in goal... ;-)
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