After being Switzerland’s standout performer in the World Cup, Xherdan Shaqiri did more than enough to warrant a move away from Bayern Munich this summer to guarantee himself more first-team football.
It may transpire that the winger is content to sit on the bench, but his exciting nature should rightfully be bustling out onto a pitch every week, and Liverpool could be the perfect destination for the youngster to continue his development.
A move to the Premier League would see the rapid winger test himself in more of a physical environment. Brendon Rodgers is lacking a left-footed wide midfielder, and the Swiss international could fill that void.
As we witnessed in Brazil, he has the ability to take games by the scruff of the neck, and can single-handedly win matches. It wouldn’t be surprising to learn that the 22-year-old has taken out insurance on his left foot – such is the power and placement that it can place on a football.
Since moving to Germany two summers ago, the diminutive trickster has only made 43 Bundesliga appearances, something that has to be built upon is he is to blossom into an even greater player.
That may be something that changes with Munich though. Several high-profile sales would bump the youngster up the selection order at the Allianz Arena.
However, there is also the possibility that Pep Guardiola will strengthen his side even further during the off-season, following a 5-0 Champions League semi-final loss to Real Madrid.
The 2013 European Champions already have an array of attacking midfield options, including Toni Kroos, Mario Goetze and Thomas Mueller. That German triumvirate are still enjoying their World Cup journey, and will no doubt be on a high when they return for pre-season training.
So that leaves Shaqiri with a big decision to make regarding the future direction of his career.
After scoring a hat-trick to help Switzerland qualify in their final group game against Honduras, it is evident that he will be on the wish list of many top European clubs.
So why would he be a particularly good fit at Liverpool?
The Reds’ long-awaited return to the Champions League is a big point in the club’s favour, and their resurgence last season may make them a more attractive club to approach.
The big-money sale of Luis Suarez will provide Rodgers with a bumper transfer budget, which he can use to lure some of the brightest talents in the game to Anfield.
He would add another dimension to the side’s dead ball situations, offering another angle for free-kicks. With the departure of Luis Suarez, Shaqiri could compensate with the free-flowing runs that he likes to challenge defenders with.
An opportunity to play with big names like Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge might also be taken into account by the Swiss star.
Whilst Arsenal have invested in Alexis Sanchez, Liverpool could still add their own explosive winger to their ranks with the addition of Shaqiri. And the former Basel midfielder may be just what the club need to go one step better next season, and lift the Premier League for the first time.
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