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Xherdan Shaqiri: I wanted to join Liverpool

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The Switzerland international put in some brilliant performances at the World Cup in Brazil which grabbed the attention of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and sparked a potential bid in the doing. 

And now several reports are revealing that Liverpool representatives held negotiations with Shaqiri’s agent about the potential switch to Merseyside. 

Shaqiri was tantalisingly close to joining the Reds in the summer, but German champions Bayern Munich pulled out of the deal at the last minute, keeping the Swiss at the Allianz Arena.

And the 23-year-old has now admitted to his disappointment about the deal falling through, saying that he wanted a change following the World Cup in which he sparkled.

“It was known that I wanted to do something in the summer. After the World Cup I felt that it would be better for me to try something new,” he told German newspaper Blick when asked about Liverpool.

“I thought of a change and had a lot of requests.

“Then FC Bayern decided that I should stay. In that case, you cannot do much as a player. But I feel very good at Munich, too.”

Shaqiri is under contract at Bayern Munich until the end of next season and has hinted about holding discussions regarding his future with club officials in the upcoming new year.

He has also spoken out about his unhappiness under Pep Guardiola in Germany, complaining about his lack of first-team football.

The Swiss has only made eight appearances for Bayern Munich in the league this season, only starting on a solitary occasion.

By Ollie Carroll

Twitter: @Ollie_Carroll_

 

 

 

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