Shaqiri set to stay at Liverpool as no offers come in ahead of transfer window closing

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Xherdan Shaqiri looks set to remain at Liverpool with no deadline day bid forthcoming for the Swiss star.

Shaqiri had been expected to leave the Reds before the transfer window closes, and had been attracting interest from clubs in Germany and Italy.

He was left out of Liverpool’s squad for the Carabao Cup tie with Arsenal on Thursday, having initially been down to start the match, and didn’t feature again on Sunday as Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten 7-2 in the Premier League by Aston Villa.

But Anfield sources now expect the 28-year-old to stay with the club until at least January, with no formal offer received. Liverpool insist they will not consider a loan move for Shaqiri, having turned down such offers from both Roma and Sevilla back in January.

The Reds are still working on potential exits, with West Ham and Werder Bremen both keen on signing midfielder Marko Grujic. Again, Liverpool say a loan for the Serbia international is out of the question, though their stance could change should a club agree to an obligation to buy. 

Harry Wilson is another who may depart, though Burnley are understood to have backed away from a potential deal having seen their initial £12 million ($16m) bid rejected by the Reds last week. Wilson has also attracted attention from Fulham, Brighton and Newcastle this summer.

Left-back Yasser Larouci is also one to watch in the final hours of the window, with Liverpool expecting offers for the 19-year-old. Norwich and Brentford have been linked, while Leeds are also admirers.

Another teenager, Sepp van den Berg, has loan interest from his native Netherlands, but Ben Woodburn, Nat Phillips and Liam Millar should remain at the club for the time being, though all three are likely to secure loan moves to the EFL later in the month. Woodburn is wanted by Hull, Phillips by Bristol City, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest, and Millar by Millwall.

In terms of incomings, little is expected – though the Reds could confirm the signing of teenage Brazilian goalkeeper Marco Pitaluga from Fluminense. The 17-year-old has already begun training with his new team-mates having sealed his switch, with Liverpool agreeing to a deal which could cost them around £1.3m for the Brazil youth international.

Reports linking Tottenham keeper Paolo Gazzaniga with the Reds are wide of the mark, with Everton understood to be in contact with the Londoners over a potential loan move. Carlo Ancelotti’s side, surprise league leaders in the opening weeks of the season, are also considering a move for Manchester United’s Sergio Romero.