Liverpool are closing in on Xherdan Shaqiri.
Can Xherdan Shaqiri hack it at a ‘big’ club? The Swiss star is about to get a third chance to try.
The 26-year-old is a big talent, he has been impressing since his breakthrough at Basel and for the Swiss national team as a teenager.
He is a regular star performer at international tournaments with Switzerland, scoring at World Cups in 2014 and 2018 and also at Euro 2016.
His record at club level has been more patchy, with failed spells at Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
Shaqiri could not win a starting spot at Bayern in three years, while his spell at Inter lasted just a matter of months before he was sold to Stoke.
At Stoke he has rebuilt, got back used to playing regularly, managing to shine in a struggling side.
He scored eight goals last season and provided seven assists and this record could be enhanced at Liverpool playing with better players.
The question is how he will cope with rotation and being a bit part player, having to fight for his place.
Shaqiri’s switch to Anfield could become a big success story, learning from past mistakes and finally finding his place.
If not, he will be tainted by failure and may never get the same chance again.