United & Liverpool winger target 'like Messi'

Published Add your comment

Football News

Xherdan Shaqiri - a reported target for both Manchester United and Liverpool - has been compared to Lionel Messi by FC Basel teammate Scott Chipperfield.

The Swiss winger is regarded as one of the finest young talents currently operating in European football and, thus, has been linked with a number of the continent's top clubs.

Two of these interested parties are reported to be Manchester United and Liverpool, with both Sir Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish said to be admirers of the 20-year-old.

Ferguson we get the opportunity to experience the talents of Shaqiri at close quarters on Wednesday as United travel to Switzerland for their Champions League crunch clash with Basel.

And, ahead of the encounter, Chipperfield has hailed the talents of his young teammate.

"He’s only small, but that can be deceiving – he’s solid and strong," Chipperfield told the official Manchester United website. "He’s only young but he has very quick feet.

"Sometimes he reminds me a little of Messi, the way he dribbles. He’s naturally left-footed, but he also likes playing on the right where he can cut inside and shoot."

He added: "He’s a very good player and I think he’ll go on to play for a much bigger club in future. He’s a big player for us, but I don’t know how long Basel will be able to hand onto him for."

Liverpool, meanwhile, are alleged to have had scouts tracking Shaqiri for the best part of a year, with the initial interest starting during the tenure of Roy Hodgson.

Premier League
Manchester United

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again