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Liverpool set to drop interest in Championship star to focus on other targets

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Liverpool are unlikely to swoop for Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri this summer, according to a Sky Sports News reporter.

Vinny O’Connor told the Transfer Talk podcast – reported via The Express – that Liverpool are unlikely to move for Shaqiri as they direct their focus towards other transfer targets.

It is no secret that Jurgen Klopp wants to sign reinforcements in attacking midfield to provide back-up for Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana.

Shaqiri was thought to be a top target for Stoke, given his £12m release clause in his contract.

The Switzerland international, who is currently preparing for his first game at the World Cup finals, scored eight goals and grabbed seven assists for the Potters last season despite their relegation to the Championship and he is expected to move on this summer, even if Liverpool do not follow up their interest.

The Reds are said to be considering another move for Lyon star Nabil Fekir and they could swoop for Thomas Lemar of Monaco as well – both of whom are away on World Cup duty with France.

But Shaqiri, 26, is not likely to move to Anfield, although other clubs like Everton, West Ham and Crystal Palace are thought to be keen.

The Verdict

This could be a blessing in disguise for Shaqiri, who would only be a substitute at Liverpool and his style of play does not suit Klopp that well.

At Everton, West Ham or Crystal Palace, the Swiss wide man would be a first-team regular and could continue to impress in the first-team.

And at £12m, he is a relative bargain in today’s market so Stoke will not be expected to hold onto him.

Stoke fans – What do you make of this? Let us know below…


NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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