Liverpool are confident that they will sign Swiss global Xherdan Shaqiri this summer, according to a report in The Guardian.
Liverpool are in discussions with Stoke about a deal for winger Xherdan Shaqiri.
Shaqiri was among Switzerland's best players in their run to the last 16 of the World Cup, scoring a late victor in their only victory, against Serbia.
The relegation ensured that a new release clause was triggered in Shaqiri's contract, with the 26-year-old now allowed to depart the club for a modest fee of £13 million - a true bargain in today's market.
Andy Hunter in The Guardian reports that Jurgen Klopp is interested in bringing the Stoke City star to Anfield to further add to his attacking options, as Liverpool look to build on last season's fourth-placed finish and Champions League loss.
According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool's potential move for Shaqiri and Stoke's interest in Wilson are not linked in the slightest. 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. Liverpool saw a deal for Lyon captain Nabil Fekir break down due to a medical issue last month, but serious alternatives are yet to emerge amid claims from the player's agent that the move remains on the table.
Signed from Inter Milan by former Stoke manager Mark Hughes for £12m in August 2015, Shaqiri has openly admitted that he would look to leave after the club's drop into the Championship. Fekir is now part of the French squad which have made it to the World Cup final.