Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri. Getty Images

Liverpool have started negotiations to sign Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri this month.

Jurgen Klopp has identified the Switzerland international as one who can bolster his attacking options, while the presence of a release clause in the 26-year-old’s contract makes a deal a financially attractive one.

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It is understood Shaqiri will be available for around £13 million ($17m) following the Potters’ relegation from the Premier League, and that the former Bayern Munich man is keen on a move to Anfield.

Shaqiri has spoken publicly of his desire to remain in England, and talks between Liverpool, Stoke and the player’s representatives are underway.

Klopp has already added two players – Naby Keita and Fabinho – to his squad this summer, but is aware of the need for further reinforcements if his side are to close the gap to champions Manchester City, and remain competitive in the Champions League too.

Shaqiri would not be seen as someone to come in and start games immediately, though Klopp appreciates the importance of depth across his attacking positions. Liverpool got lucky last season in that their front three – Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah – remained fit and healthy for the majority of the campaign, but their lack of depth was exposed during the Champions League final, when Salah departed injured.

Shaqiri scored eight times for Stoke last season and has made 92 appearances in total since joining from Inter in 2015. He is currently on holiday after representing Switzerland at the World Cup, helping them to the last 16 where they were beaten by Sweden.

Courtesy Goal.