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Liverpool will miss out on some mega bucks after Xherdan Shaqiri made the move from Lyon to Chicago Fire. Jurgen Klopp sold the midfielder for peanuts but added a hefty bonuses to the deal.

Liverpool have missed out on a wedge of cash after Shaqiri’s transfer from Lyon to Chicago Fire on Wednesday.

The Switzerland international has moved to the United States in surprise circumstances having signed for the Ligue 1 outfit just last summer.

But it did not go quite to plan for the former Stoke City star, who made just 16 appearances for Lyon during his short stint in France.

The Reds sold Shaqiri after he complained about a lack of first-team football with a transfer to the Groupama Stadium supposed to rekindle his career.

After impressing for his country at the Euros last summer, Liverpool granted his wish and he was allowed to leave for £5m.

However, they allowed the playmaker to leave for peanuts in the belief that they would earn more down the line through bonuses.

Over £4m could have been earned but Shaqiri’s departure has eradicated any chance that the conditions for those clauses will not be met.

In fact, Lyon managed to make a profit on the 30-year-old after he joined Chicago Fire for £6m on Wednesday.

That has made him the club’s record transfer, despite Fire employing the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Nicolas Gaitan and Freddie Ljungberg.

Nevertheless, Liverpool will feel spurned after missing out on extra cash as a result of Shaqiri’s short stint.

Those bonuses made up nearly 50 per cent of the original transfer fee while the Reds have made decent transfers in the past.

As for Shaqiri, the Swiss was never more than a squad player under Klopp despite having a penchant for brilliance at times.

With the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane firmly first-choice, it left the winger largely on the sidelines.

And the ex-Bayern Munich star admitted that he wanted to leave earlier than last summer but was stopped from doing so.

“I wanted to leave Liverpool sooner,” he said. “But I wasn’t allowed to; the club wouldn’t let me go. The important thing for me is that I’m gone now. There were also offers from Spain and Italy.

“I was in contact with him (Klopp) by phone before that. When the time came, he texted me. He wished me luck in that and said that I was a good player and a good guy.

“We never had any problems with each other, and we had a very good relationship. But I just wanted a new challenge, that’s normal in football. Jürgen helped me in this regard.”

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