Xherdan Shaqiri responds to Liverpool speculation

Oghenekaro Peter Etebo will be with the Nigeria squad in Russia

Oghenekaro Peter Etebo will be with the Nigeria squad in Russia

And according to ESPN FC, the player's brother and agent met with Liverpool officials on Friday.

Having spent time in Germany with Bayern Munich and Italy with Inter, Shaqiri has not ruled out a move back to the continent, but believes that England is "perfect" for him. He then asked: "Why are you talking about Liverpool?".

Xherdan Shaqiri insists he is focused on the World Cup amid speculation surrounding his future. I think my agents take care of my future.

Throughout the 2017/18 campaign, Shaqiri made 36 league appearances for Stoke, scoring eight goals and assisting a further seven as Stoke ended the Premier League season in the relegation zone.

After being told of Liverpool's reported interest in his services Shaqiri said: "I can't tell you anything right now". I'm focusing on the national team right now'.

Gary Rowett thinks Etebo will prove a shrewd addition
Gary Rowett thinks Etebo will prove a shrewd addition

Although the player did confirm last week that he is looking to leave Stoke this summer.

"Everyone wants to compete with the best, that was one reason why I chose the Premier League, and that's why I want to take the next step now". I think the league is ideal for me.

Klopp was heavily criticised in recent months for rotating his squad, but bringing in the likes of Shaqiri would give him more licence to rest Liverpool's much vaunted "fab three" of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Although, Nabil Fekir's move to Liverpool collapsed this weekend, with conflicting reports as to why, Shaqiri is not viewed as an alternative to the Frenchman as interest in the Stoke City man existed prior to a deal for the Lyon playmaker falling through.

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