Why Liverpool should forget about Bayern’s Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri

The Reds have been linked with a move for the Switzerland international, but already have players similar to the diminutive attacker.

Liverpool’s substandard 2014-15 season dictates that the Merseyside outfit should be one of the busier Premier League sides this January, with reports linking Brendan Rodgers’ men to Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Switzerland international has found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Bayern Munich and is said to be ready to leave Allianz Arena having only started three Bundesliga games this season.

The Anfield side are believed to be weighing up a £15 million bid for the former Basel star, with the latest reports indicating that Inter Milan are also keen to bring Shaqiri to Italy in a six-month loan deal with the option to buy in the summer.

Although Shaqiri is a class act, as proven by some of his performances at the World Cup, do Liverpool really need another attacking midfielder?

Of late Rodgers has adopted a bespoke 3-4-3 formation, with Raheem Sterling as the furthest man forward and flanked by playmakers Adam Lallana and Phillippe Coutinho.

When Daniel Sturridge or another appropriate centre forward becomes available for the Liverpool manager to select as the side’s attacking focal point, Sterling will surely occupy his natural offensive midfield position again once more too.

With Lazar Markovic also sitting on the bench, Liverpool seem to have their fill of skilful attacking midfield players and the reported £15 million would surely be better spent on reinforcing other areas of the team such as goalkeeper or right-back/wing-back.

If Shaqiri does end up in the Premier League there is no doubting that he has all the attributes to be a real star; Liverpool would be signing an excellent player but there are question marks over whether they need him or not.

Similarly, Shaqiri would be best advised to pick his next move carefully in order to play more regularly, something he would not be guaranteed at Anfield.

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