Vital Football

Latest Liverpool FC News

Liverpool: Shaqiri To LFC Link Resurfaces

Liverpool: Shaqiri To LFC Link Resurfaces

With Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri still struggling for game time at Bayern Munich the prospect of him moving on this summer is growing...

There might be two months left of the current season but every club across Europe will already be identifying and sounding out potential new recruits.

Barring a massive end of season slump, Liverpool will qualify for the elite world of the Champions League for a first time since the 2009-10 season.

Such an occurrence brings additional revenue and kudos to the club and will have a direct impact on the calibre of target they are able to acquire.

One big name who has been filling the media's transfer rumour columns in recent days is Swiss international winger Xherdan Shaqiri.

The 22-year-old was first connected with a move to Anfield last summer but stayed at current employers Bayern Munich in the hope that new coach Pep Guardiola would utilise him more than predecessor Jupp Heynckes.

Unfortunately for the former Basle man nothing has changed and he continues to play second fiddle to the likes of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, making the majority of his 23 appearances this term from the bench.

The player's brother and agent, Erdin, has now added to the speculation by telling Swiss newspaper Blick: "Xherdan is 22. At this age, he needs to be playing regularly, which is not currently the case.

"We are waiting now until summer. Then, when clubs make approaches such as Liverpool, Manchester United, Inter Milan and other top clubs, we can listen to their offers.

"That said, Bayern still remains our first point of contact before we talk to other clubs."

The reigning German and European champions spent in excess of £10million to capture Shaqiri in 2012 and are unlikely to let him leave without making a profit on their investment.

Indeed, the Daily Mirror believes a figure of around £16million will be needed to convince the Bavarians to do business.

Shaqiri's present contract at the Allianz Arena ends in 2016 and he has previosuly been connected with Napoli, Juventus and Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Vital Verdict
Shaqiri is a player I rate very highly. Fast, skilful and versatile, he would be a perfect fit for the style of play implemented by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. The transfer fee shouldn't be an issue either given the club, even without Champions League football, has bid more for the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Diego Costa in recent times. With 30 international caps to his name, and three Swiss Super League titles to go alongside an all-conquering first season at Bayern, Shaqiri has plenty of experience to go alongside his prodigious talent. It remains to be seen if the Reds return for January target Yevhan Konoplyanka in the summer but Rodgers will almost certainly strengthen his attacking options as well as patching up a suspect rearguard.

Likelihood (out of 5):
Four



Click here for a selection of previous transfer rumours



Follow me on Twitter @superbag

Not a Vital Liverpool member? It's 100% free to join & only takes a few moments to sign up. Click here to become a member or alternatively simply sign in using Social Media!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Wednesday March 19 2014
Time: 7:18PM

Comments

0
Great little player with real power for a 5"6 guy. I love now that Liverpool are doing well and all the best players around are noticing us again. Shaqiri....Sturridge.....Suarez ..................Firmino That attack would scare even the best teams in the champions league.
Patrick Ó Fearghasa
19/03/2014 23:16:00
0
yep Shaqiri is quality. should be an exciting few months
BigRed83
20/03/2014 09:11:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Liverpool Articles

Liverpool: Lawro Predicts 16/17 - Swansea City (Away)

Ex-Reds centre-back Mark Lawrenson previews the upcoming Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Swansea City

More Reliable Than An Octopus 2016/17? (20/1/17)

A new season, a new special computer crunching the numbers to determine the final Premier League positions for 2016/17.

2016/17 Golden Boot Race Hots Up

With 22 Premier League games played in the 2016/17 season, this year could see a record number of players break the 20 goal mark.

Liverpool: Stats Preview 16/17 - Swansea City (Home)

A selection of the best facts, figures and statistics ahead of Liverpool's Premier League fixture with Swansea City

Archived Vital Liverpool Articles

Vital Liverpool articles from

Site Journalists

Gavin Kelley-Day
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who Will Win vs. Swansea City? (Home)
Suggested By: Editor
Liverpool80%
Draw5%
Swansea15%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 21 17 1 3 52 30
2 Spurs 21 13 6 2 45 29
3 Liverpool 21 13 6 2 45 25
4 Arsenal 21 13 5 3 44 26
5 Man City 21 13 3 5 42 15
6 Man Utd 21 11 7 3 40 12
7 Everton 21 9 6 6 33 9
8 WBA 21 8 5 8 29 0
9 Stoke 21 7 6 8 27 -6
10 Burnley 21 8 2 11 26 -8
11 AFC Bournemouth 21 7 4 10 25 -7
12 West Ham 21 7 4 10 25 -9
13 Southampton 21 6 6 9 24 -7
14 Watford 21 6 5 10 23 -13
15 Leicester City 21 5 6 10 21 -10
16 Middlesbrough 21 4 8 9 20 -5
17 Crystal Palace 21 4 4 13 16 -10
18 Hull City 21 4 4 13 16 -25
19 Sunderland 21 4 3 14 15 -20
20 Swansea 21 4 3 14 15 -26
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Liverpool Results (view all)

Liverpool Fixtures (view all)

Jan 21 2017 12:30PM : Swansea City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 25 2017 8:00PM : Southampton (H)
Capital One Cup
Jan 31 2017 8:00PM : Chelsea (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Hull City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 11 2017 5:30PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 27 2017 8:00PM : Leicester City (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.BigRed834
Vital Football Comment