How Liverpool Target Xherdan Shaqiri Was Blocked From Reds Move in 2014

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp

The Reds are considering a move for Shaqiri, who has a £12million release clause.

Despite it being a poor season for the Stoke collective, Shaqiri still managed 8 goals and 7 assists in the Premier League and if he was surrounded by players of a higher quality, he could certainly improve on this figure.

'No player will leave the club that is contractually with the club unless the club feel it is a good deal and the right deal for them, ' said Rowett in his first press conference as Stoke manager.

"The Premier League is the best league in the world in my view and he should stay there".

"It is no secret that I will leave the club", he told Aargauer Zeitung earlier last week. Danger from set-pieces, creative, can be decisive in the final third.

Spurs, Huddersfield and Southampton are just three of the teams linked with a move for the 26-year-old but it now looks as though Liverpool have jumped to the front of the queue.

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Should Klopp meet the release clause in his contract Stoke would be powerless to prevent him leaving and Shaqiri may finally get the chance to pull on a Liverpool shirt. However, with the influence of Klopp and a big club like Liverpool, the UCL runners-up can expect an advantage regarding the deal.

Tottenham and Southampton have also shown an interest in the Switzerland global.

"I chose Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers had called me several times before the World Cup, but Bayern didn't allow me to leave".

Furthermore, he wanted to join Liverpool 2015, but he claimed Bayern blocked the move and instead he headed to Italy with Inter Milan.

Shaqiri's future, though, may not be sorted out imminently as he is heading to the World Cup in Russian Federation next week.

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