When Brendan Rodgers heard about Arjen Robben’s new contract at Bayern Munich, a huge Cheshire Cat like grin must have broken out across his face.
The Dutchman has tied himself down to the German and European champions until 2017, meaning that world class partnership with Franck Ribery can terrorise defences for a little bit longer.
However, the news is not great for Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri who now looks even more certain to the club with Robben tied down at the Allianz for a longer period.
Shaqiri has been heavily linked with an Anfield move this summer and he’d be the sort of signing Rodgers needs to make in the transfer market to prepare Liverpool for the Champions League, also nudging them forward domestically.
His brother has been making all sorts of noises in the press and has suggested that Xherdan is very much open to a move to Liverpool.
“Xherdan is 22. At this age, he needs to be playing regularly, which is not currently the case. We are waiting now until summer. Then, when clubs make approaches such as Liverpool, Manchester United, Inter Milan and other top clubs, we can listen to their offers,” Erdan Shaqiri told Blick.
Xherdan has two choices; he can stay and fight for his place, more than likely enjoying a similar role under Pep Guardiola to the one he currently enjoys or he can move to Liverpool, if Rodgers can get ahead of rivals in the race to sign him.
It will be difficult because the calibre of those clubs mentioned who also reportedly want him is huge. However, Rodgers has proved he can handle a variety of different players, roles and egos in his side well this season.
There is a clear place for him in the Liverpool side down the left hand wing, he’d be able to grace the Champions League and get stuck in with a club moving forward in a number of different ways.