Liverpool open talks with Stoke City over Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri

Despite some impressive displays for the Potters last season, Shaqiri was unable to help the club avoid the drop as Stoke slipped back down to the second tier of English football after a prolonged stay in the Premier League.

Liverpool have opened talks with Stoke City over a potential transfer for Xherdan Shaqiri, a source has confirmed to ESPN FC.

The relegation ensured that a new release clause was triggered in Shaqiri's contract, with the 26-year-old now allowed to depart the club for a modest fee of £13 million - a true bargain in today's market.

Shaqiri joined Stoke in 2015 from Inter Milan before going on to make 84 league appearances for the club. He admitted that he would like to leave following last season's relegation.

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The winger, who scored seven goals for the newly-relegated Potters last season, has a release clause of £13.5m.

Shaqiri is now on holiday after participating in the World Cup and recently said his future would soon be resolved as he expressed his desire to continue playing in the Premier League.

His side take on League Two outfit Bury on Saturday before a midweek game against Blackburn Rovers. Liverpool then fly to America for a three-game tour, where they will play Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Manchester United in the International Champions Cup.

Klopp, meanwhile, remains keen to add at least one more attacking midfielder to his squad this summer. A deal for the Lyon captain may yet be resurrected after France's World Cup campaign, however.

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