According to the Metro, Liverpool are lining up an ambitious bid for Bayern Munich's Swiss sensation Xherdan Shaqiri.
After missing out on Armenian star Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has reportedly turned his attention to the 21-year-old Bayern youngster.
Shaqiri, who had joined the Bavarians last year from Swiss club FC Basel after taking the Champions League by storm in the 2011-12 season, has seen his playing time significantly reduced with the German club, staying well behind the likes of Arjen Roben, Frank Ribery, Thomas Muller in the pecking order.
With the arrival of German golden boy Mario Gotze from Dortmund further expected to push him down the order, Shaqiri is believed to be considering his future with the Bavarians.
He is expected to meet new manager Pep Guardiola next week and demand a transfer away from the club, with Liverpool leading the line to snap him up.
However, the lack of Champions League football might be a hindrance in the completion of any deal, as was the case with Mkhitaryan.
Rodgers recently insisted that his summer transfer plans were far from over and that the four new additions that have come in so far were basically to strengthen the squad.
"Our recruitment team are doing a great job behind the scenes in compiling lists of players that we can afford and might be available for us," said Rodgers. "What we have done in the early part of summer is to improve the squad. That's something I feel we've done with the players we have brought in."
"Now what's important over the next three to five weeks is improving the team. That's something the club is working very hard at."
This should be music for Shaqiri's ears as he will be looking for assurances in the amount of playing time he will be afforded at his new club.
Considered one of the most talented youngsters in Europe, Shaqiri's speed (both on and off the ball), skill and versatility (he can play as a winger, behind the striker or even at left-back), would provide Rodgers with further options in his line-up, as he continues in his pursuit of guiding Liverpool back to where they traditionally belong - top of the Premier League.
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