Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has reportedly added Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri to his list of January transfer targets, hoping to land the Swiss starlet on a five-month loan deal.
Shaqiri has been largely reduced to the role of impact substitute at Bayern so far this season, with Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben providing formidable competition for a regular starting spot.
Reds boss Rodgers is hoping that the former Basel wonderkid wants consistent first-team football in the run-up to next summer's World Cup, targeting a loan switch to add strength in depth going forward, according to ITV.com.
Rodgers has spoken in the last few days about the need to add quality cover if Liverpool are to sustain their push for a Champions League place, viewing the 22-year-old as the kind of creative player that can compensate for the loss of Daniel Sturridge for around two months with an ankle injury.
Shaqiri has been out injured since mid-October after tearing a thigh muscle on international duty, with that question mark over his fitness a potential barrier to any deal being concluded next month.
Bayern boss Pep Guardiola has also given no indication that he would be willing to part with Shaqiri in January, as the Bavarian giants look to extend their record-breaking run of 38 games unbeaten in the Bundesliga.