Liverpool fans everywhere would have had a chuckle last week when Manchester United were drawn against Bayern Munich in the Champions League but it’s a tie which could have negative consequences for Brendan Rodgers’ men.
One of the main transfer targets for Liverpool is reportedly Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri who may get an opportunity over the two legs against United to convince Pep Guardiola that he can play a part at the German club.
Shaqiri’s brother has already been making a lot of noise in connection to the Liverpool, and in some areas Manchester United, transfer rumours.
However, Guardiola is a boss who has always rewarded his players with regular game time if they put in solid hard work and play well when they get their chances.
He’ll most likely opt for the combination of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery down either side of his team for the first leg against United next week, but Shaqiri could be thrown in if Bayern get on top early in the tie.
Why wouldn’t he? Their experience and consistency is what has restricted Shaqiri to just 15 appearances in the Bundesliga this season, seven of which have come as a substitute.
Another Bayern star, Toni Kroos, found himself in a very similar situation just before the reigning European champions took on Arsenal in the last 16 Champions League tie.
Kroos was being heavily linked with a move to United and found himself out of the side. He was given a chance to start, played well and now he’s one of the first names down in the team sheet each week and looking good for an extended contract at the end of the season.
Shaqiri can either play for a new contract himself (his current one expires in 2016) or he can produce the lethargic attitude over the two games against United which would almost certainly prevent him getting back into the side, leading to him being sold in the summer
United may not directly cost Liverpool in terms of signing him, but they could reasonably provide him with a platform to show Guardiola he can be a key figure in his plans over the next couple of years for the German giants.