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Time to act: Fresh reports should prompt Liverpool to finally seal deal for £16.2m-rated ace

According to a report from The Sun, Liverpool could face competition from Manchester United in pursuit of Xherdan Shaqiri. The 26-year-old has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Stoke City pretty much ever since the Potters lost their Premier League status, yet these fresh reports detailing United’s interest must prompt Jurgen Klopp’s Reds to finally seal a deal for the winger.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, the Merseyside giants have been linked with a move for the Switzerland international for a while now, what with Klopp seemingly keen on bolstering his attacking options given the other links to the likes of Nabil Fekir and Thomas Lemar.

But, as of yet, no deal has been done for Stoke’s Shaqiri, and while he may not necessarily dispose the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah from the starting eleven, his addition would be very much welcomed at Anfield, which is why they must respond to reports detailing United’s interest.

The 26-year-old enjoyed the best season of his Stoke career last time round in netting eight goals and laying on seven assists for the Staffordshire-based outfit, and while his efforts weren’t enough to keep them in the top-flight, he certainly did his bit to try and keep them there.

Yes, he maybe isn’t the most consistent of wingers and is sometimes guilty of going missing in matches, but the Swiss star has the ability to conjure something up out of very little, and thus produce a moment of brilliance when his team needs it most – many of his goals for the Potters last term were excellent individual strikes.

And in a Liverpool side that were sometimes guilty of failing to break down stubborn defences last season, he could seriously flourish, be it from the start or indeed coming on as a substitute.

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Yes, Shaqiri’s arrival won’t improve the first team at Anfield such have been the incredible efforts of the front three, but outside of that lethal trio, the options are lacking in quality – Shaqiri’s addition would rectify that.

And with United reportedly keen on the £16.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), the time to act is now for Liverpool to finally seal a deal for the Stoke winger.

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