Liverpool made an attempt to sign Bayern Munich star Xherdan Shaqiri which was flatly refused this summer, according to the player himself.
Much was made over the course of the past few months concerning the Switzerland star’s future, particularly as he enjoyed an impressive World Cup campaign. Brendan Rodgers was said to rank amongst his most high-profile admirers and the 22-year-old playmaker has confirmed that the Reds did indeed make an attempt to land his signature.
The Metro today carries quotes from Shaqiri which reveal Liverpool made inroads with regards to signing him, but were quickly knocked back by Bayern prior to the World Cup. Pep Guardiola didn’t give the diminutive forward nearly as much game-time as the player would have liked last term, but it would appear that the Bavarian giants certainly see him as part of their future.
“Liverpool made a bid for me before the World Cup but Bayern put their foot down and told me, ‘We’re not going to sell you’,” he said.
“My contract runs until 2016 and I could possibly extend it.
“I will consider my decision during the winter break.”
Of course Shaqiri himself might differ in opinion with his current owners when it comes to how many first-team opportunities he is getting. If he continues to be shut out of the star-studded lineup at the Allianz Arena then a move away from Germany may well be the best course for him to continue his development.
What Liverpool can offer
Whilst Rodgers does have a surplus of players who fit a similar mould to Shaqiri the Northern Irishman is known for giving youth a chance, and a player of the Swiss international's repute would likely be welcomed in Anfield with open arms.
The departure of Luis Suarez left Rodgers with plenty to spend and he has proven this summer that he’s not afraid to consent to major outlays if he believes his team’s prospects will be improved as a result.
Liverpool fans will get another chance to see Shaqiri in action when Switzerland take on England on Monday evening, in the first of their qualification matches for Euro 2016.