United & Liverpool wing wizard target sends UCL message

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Xherdan Shaqiri gave suitors Manchester United and Liverpool another glimpse of his potential in the Champions League last night.

The FC Basel starlet was on top form during the Swiss champions' 2-1 win over the Red Devils at St-Jakob Park, setting up the decisive second goal to cap a memorable performance for his side.

Teammate Scott Chipperfield had told the official Manchester United website prior to the match that the 20-year-old is 'a little bit like Messi', and the Switzerland international certainly showed glimpses of skill similar to the diminutive Argentine playmaker.

Sir Alex Ferguson had the chance to see the player first hand, and would undoubtedly have been impressed to watch the young winger perform at such a high-level on a critical night that saw Manchester United crash out of the competition.

Liverpool are thought to have courted Shaqiri for close to a year now, with original interest in the player stemming back to Roy Hodgson's reign on Merseyside.

Damien Comolli is thought to be the reason behind the interest though, with the Liverpool director of football the key in the club's effort to try and attract young players.

It's a philosophy which has become particularly prevalent since Kenny Dalglish's appointment as manager last January, with Andy Carroll to high-profile, big-money signings during his reign at Liverpool.

Shaqiri could be another, although with the knockout stages of the Champions League around the corner at his current club, a Liverpool switch in January would seem highly unlikely.

The same could be send over a potential Manchester United move, which suggests that if Ferguson wants to add to the likes of Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones and David de Gea, he will have to wait for Shaqiri's signature.

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