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Liverpool close to securing Xherdan Shaqiri transfer

11 July 2018

Klopp has already added two players - Naby Keita and Fabinho - to his squad this summer, but is aware of the need for further reinforcements if his side are to close the gap to champions Manchester City, and remain competitive in the Champions League too.

Fekir was on the brink of moving to Merseyside this time last month but a deal fell through at the last minute when concerns were raised about the Frenchman's injury history.

Liverpool are confident of making Xherdan Shaqiri their third summer signing after opening transfer talks with Stoke City over the Switzerland global.

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And at £12m he represents a huge bargain.

Liverpool began monitoring Shaqiri earlier in the summer and they are now holding discussions with Stoke about a move for the 26-year-old.

The arrival of "Der Kraftwürfel" (the Powercube) would provide welcome depth for the Liverpool attack for the upcoming season, with the Reds heavily reliant upon the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in their 2017/18 campaign.

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Before the World Cup, it was revealed that his ridiculously cheap release clause was attracting interest from several Premier League clubs with Liverpool said to be interested. I would love to stay in England but I don't want to rule anything out.

It is believed Stoke are interested in taking one of Liverpool's youngsters, such as Harry Wilson or Sheyi Ojo, on loan and they hope doing a deal for Shaqiri may help get that over the line. It's completely up to the player and Klopp.

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Liverpool close to securing Xherdan Shaqiri transfer