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Arsenal legend Parlour picks out two problems with top Liverpool transfer target Shaqiri

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Arsenal hero Ray Parlour believes there are two potential drawbacks to Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri's game.

Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour believes Xherdan Shaqiri would be a good signing for Liverpool, but comes with warning signs attached.

The 2002 FA Cup hero told SkySports that the Bayern Munich star's lack of height and defensive weakness are reason to be worried - but the positives do outweigh the negative.

He said: "He is only 5’6” and Liverpool have a lot small players already, but he has potential and at 23 he is already very experienced for his age. He would be a good signing.

“He has played with some top quality players. He always wants the ball, can go past players. Tracking back is probably not his game, but he can create chances.

“With his calibre at being at Bayern, Liverpool have to have a serious look at him.”

Liverpool face competition from Inter Milan for Shaqiri's signature, along with surprisingly Stoke City, who feel they have a chance after securing Bojan in the summer.

Shaqiri may have his flaws, but he has proved his quality in the Champions League and World Cup, and Liverpool cannot afford to turn down the opportunity to sign him.

If a top defensive midfielder were to be signed too, then any drawbacks relating to the Swiss international's style would help be negated.

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