Liverpool are said to have turned their attention to Xherdan Shaqiri after target Mohamed Salah is set to join Chelsea
It seems as though Xherdan Shaqiri has emerged as a possible target for Rodgers to add to the injury plagued squad after the public pursuit of Mohamed Salah has fallen through and the Egyptian international has chosen to join rivals Chelsea instead.
Liverpool faced a serious setback as Jose Mourinho was successful in hijacking the services of the 21 year old Egyptian player even after reports throughout the winter window suggested Liverpool were a finger’s distance away from getting the FC Basel man.
Rodgers has now decided to shift his energies to Xherdan Shaqiri to add to the Reds squad.
Liverpool had tried to sign the 22-year-old Bayern Munich winger in the summer but failed to secure his services.
Shaqiri joined Bayern in 2012, but has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place, either under Pep Guardiola or Jupp Heynckes.
Arsene Wenger is a keen admirer of the former Basel midfielder, with Swiss reports in October suggesting that Arsenal could make a €15m offer during the January transfer window.
Reports emerged as early as December that the Liverpool boss was looking to add the Swiss star to his side by securing a loan move in January. With Salah’s move to Chelsea more or less confirmed it looks as though Rodgers will make the move to sign the ex-Basel star to make sure his dream of securing a top 4 spot doesn’t fall through.
It is also suggested that the payment of £17 million would ensure Shaqiri’s would join Liverpool. The Bayern player has scored three goals in the 17 games he has played for the German footballing giants.
Liverpool were chasing Shaqiri last summer as well, but Bayern Munich’s Chief Executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge denied any such pursuit and said:
“Nobody has called about Shaqiri. Right now there are no plans.
“The coach is completely satisfied with him. I think we will go into the season with the current squad.”
However, the 22 year old has add limited opportunities and has been subdued to the bench, much due to the form of Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery. Shaqiri may want to leave the German club to go to a place where he will get first team opportunities. The Merseyside club has been unfortunate with injuries which has added to their already pretty thin squad. The Reds were looking serious in their pursuit of Champions League berth, but an average and tough festive season has added to doubts. Liverpool also face tough competition for the fourth spot as Tottenham, Everton and Manchester United are the other clubs eyeing it and do have more depth than the Reds. Liverpool need the addition of a player who can break through the first team and can provide the club with the much needed quality in the depth.