Liverpool will revisit their interest in Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri following the conclusion of the 2018 World Cup, the Mirror Online reports.
It is believed that Shaqiri has been on Jurgen Klopp’s radar since Stoke City were relegated from the Premier League, as he aims to bolster his Liverpool squad ahead of next season. Although talk of a deal for Shaqiri had seemed to have cooled recently, it is believed that Liverpool have received encouragement that they will be able to acquire the tricky winger. The Reds have already confirmed the signings of midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho from RB Leipzig and Monaco respectively, and it is clear that Klopp wants further signings. A deal for Nabil Fekir of Lyon collapsed at the eleventh hour, as the French club released a statement stating that Fekir would be staying at the club.
Shaqiri, who will be hoping to guide his country Switzerland to success in the impending World Cup, made 36 league appearances last season, but was unable to prevent the Potters from falling into the Championship. The international goalscoring record of the 26- year-old justifies the interest of one of Europe’s footballing giants, with an impressive 20 goals in 69 Switzerland appearances. Further evidence of Shaqiri’s pedigree comes from the fact he has played for both Inter Milan and Bayern Munich.
A winger who is most comfortable playing on the right despite being predominantly left-footed, it is believed that Shaqiri would be more of a squad player at Anfield. However, the 26 year-old may provide much needed cover for Liverpool’s outstanding front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool having greater squad depth is essential if they want to compete for the Premier League and Champions League, as well as domestic honours. Early indications suggest that Klopp is willing to spend big this summer, potentially in an attempt to win his first major honour as Liverpool manager.
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