Serie giants Roma have failed with a move to land Xherdan Shaqiri on loan from Liverpool, according to a recent report by Sky Italia.
The Giallorossi zeroed in on the 28-year-old Swiss to come in to fill the hole left by Italy international Nicolo Zaniolo’s injury and were hopeful the Reds might agree to play ball.
Shaqiri has struggled for game time at Anfield in recent months and Giallorossi asked Liverpool if they could snap him up on a loan deal.
The Reds though made clear to the Serie A club that they have no intention of allowing Shaqiri to leave this month.
Liverpool are still fighting on three fronts (the PL, the UCL and the FA Cup) and manager Jurgen Klopp is unwilling to reduce his squad depth by letting his player go.
It is unclear if Giallorossi will try again this month, with the attacker struggling for minutes at Anfield under Jurgen, and potentially being attracted to a move to Fonseca’s side. Shaqiri has experience of Serie A through a stint at Inter.
The forward, who has a contract with Liverpool running until the summer of 2023, has made just ten appearances in all competitions this season for the Reds.
Meantime, Liverpool star Taiwo Awoniyi is reportedly likely to see his loan stint with Mainz O5 cut short before the end of the January transfer market.
Due to being unable to secure a work permit, Taiwo was allowed to make a temporary transfer to the Bundesliga side during the summer.
However, the 22-year-old forward has been restricted to just one start and five substitute outings in Bundesliga, game time totalling just 150 minutes.