Liverpool appear to face a battle for the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri, with reports suggesting that Sevilla have made contact over the potential availability of the Bayern Munich playmaker.

This is according to talkSPORT, who further suggest that the La Liga outfit could try and replace coveted Croatian international Ivan Rakitic - provided they lost him, of course - with Shaqiri this summer.

News of such interest from Sevilla is likely to cause some concern to Brendan Rodgers, with Liverpool having often been credited with an interest in Shaqiri over the last few months.

The 22-year-old - who joined Bayern Munich from Swiss champions FC Basel back in 2012 - is a member of the first-team setup at the Allianz Arena, but he has found regular starts far more difficult to come by since Pep Guardiola replaced Jupp Heynckes as manager last summer.

Indeed, the versatile Shaqiri has made 17 appearances in the Bundesliga this season, with only 10 of those not coming from the substitutes bench. Despite a lack of playing time, however, he has demonstrated an obvious goal threat with six top-flight strikes to his name.

Liverpool have basked in the glory of an extremely impressive campaign to date, with Sunday's admittedly disappointing 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Anfield ending a sensational run of 11 consecutive Premier League wins.

Despite such a loss, Rodgers' men remain on course for their first title win in 24 long years and a return to the promised land of the Champions League has already been secured.

As such, Liverpool will be expected - not least by their own fervent and passionate fanbase - to make full use of the funds available this summer in order to ensure they can compete on a level footing with some of Europe's biggest teams.

The signing of an exciting and dynamic player such as Shaqiri would be a real statement of intent in that regard, but it looks as if Liverpool are not alone in targeting him.

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