Xherdan Shaqiri is finally heading to Liverpool in a £13million deal – four years after Bayern Munich blocked a potential move to Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers wanted to sign the winger for Liverpool in the summer of 2014 and made contact with the Switzerland international.
Shaqiri was keen to seek a new challenge after dropping down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola, but the German champions simply weren’t willing to do Business.
“I wanted to leave that summer and had offers from Liverpool and Atletico,” Shaqiri told sport Website Spox in 2016.
“Brendan Rodgers called me several times before the World Cup. But Bayern forbid me to leave.”
Shaqiri ended up staying until January 2015 when he left for Inter Milan. He lasted just six months at the San Siro before moving on to Stoke.
“Inter wanted me the most. They promised me a new Inter,” he said.
“The reception was really crazy. A security man nearly choked me because there was chaos and he lost the orientation. The life style was amazing, they were the best six months of my life.
“The football was very tactical. It was difficult to bring in my explosive style of playing. There was a training session in which I shot into the corners for two hours. I had never experienced this before.
“Inter’s infrastructure is a shame to be honest. That such a prestigious club does not find a way to invest in its infrastructure is disappointing.
“The regeneration, analysis, training – in England it’s much more professional.”
The 23-year-old made a name for himself during this summer’s World Cup in Russia, bagging three goals in as many matches, but couldn’t help his side past Sweden in the last 16 of the tournament.
Source : DailyPost