Liverpool look to be still in the hunt for Bayern Munich and Switzerland star Xherdan Shaqiri. The winger, who scored a hat-trick in Switzerland’s 3-0 victory over Honduras last week to help his country into the knockout stages of the World Cup, has been rumored to be a key target for Brendan Rodger’s side this summer.
Shaqiri, formally of FC Basel, has struggled to secure a first team place since moving to the Allianz Arena in 2012, though he has won two Bundesliga titles and the Champions League during his time in Germany.
This has led to speculation that the 22-year-old will leave Munich this summer, with the Premier League and Liverpool in particular being tipped as a possible destination.
Liverpool’s impressive form last season, which saw them secure Champions League football for the first time in five years, will have aided their pursuit of the highly rated winger.
The situation with star striker Luis Suarez has also intensified the link between the Reds and Shaqiri. Suarez is set to miss the opening months of the Premier League season after being banned from all football-related activities for four months following an altercation with Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s World Cup group game with Italy.
The incident has also led to speculation that Suarez is set for a move away from Anfield, with Barcelona rumored to be interested in the striker, who was named PFA Player of the Year last season.
In light of these developments, Shaqiri has been highlighted by many as a potential replacement for Suarez, and the Swiss player could now be more important than ever to Liverpool’s plans should Suarez call time on his career on Merseyside.
Shaqiri has been valued in the region of £16 million and many believe he could be the key to Brendan Rodger’s side fulfilling their Premier League potential next season.
Reports suggest that Liverpool remain keen to sign Shaqiri even after securing the services of Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, who has completed his £25 million move to Anfield. The Reds have also signed Lallana’s England teammate Rickie Lambert this summer, and Germany Under-21 midfielder Emre Can also looks set to join from Bayer Leverkusen.
However, Shaqiri indicated he would be well worth the investment following his hat-trick against Honduras and would be an impressive addition to an already notable attacking line that boasts the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.
Shaqiri’s goals against Honduras took his tally at international level to twelve. He announced himself on the world stage in September 2010 with a stunning strike against England during a Euro 2012 qualifier in Basel, when he was just 18.