Xherdan Shaqiri to turn down Liverpool move to stay with Bayern Munich

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Liverpool have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of Bayern Munich ace Xherdan Shaqiri after he confirmed his desire to remain with the Bundesliga club.

The Swiss midfielder, who was said to be available for £15 million, joined Bayern from Basel in 2012 but has only started 23 games in two seasons, prompting speculation he could be on the move this summer.

Liverpool have been heavily linked with the 22-year-old in recent weeks as an alternative to Adam Lallana, whose switch to Anfield now looks to be in danger of falling through. 

Manchester United are also said to have been interested in securing his services - but were told no deal could happen because they aren't in the Champions League next season. 

However now it seems as though Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will have to look elsewhere to bolster his midfield after Shaqiri insisted he was happy at the Allianz Arena. When asked by Swiss newspaper Blick where he'd be playing next season, he replied: "Still at Bayern Munich!".

Despite this setback Liverpool already look in good shape ahead of the summer transfer window with two new players already on their books.

They completed a £4.5 million swoop for Southampton's Rickie Lambert, and also coughed up around £10 million for Bayer Leverkusen youngster Emre Can.

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