Xherdan Shaqiri responds to Liverpool speculation

Liverpool ready to pay Xherdan Shaqiri's release clause at Stoke City

Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri has expressed his fondness for Anfield as speculation over a summer transfer move to Liverpool.

Throughout the previous season, the Reds' attack was all too reliant on the goal scoring abilities of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, with the trio being the main source of Liverpool's goals.

Officials from Liverpool met with the representatives of Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri on Friday, according to Dean Jones of Bleacher Report.

Shaqiri, 26, is set to leave Stoke this summer following their relegation from the Premier League and a number of clubs have been weighing up moves for the Switzerland winger.

Tottenham and Everton are also interested but as it stands, the Reds are the first to make an approach to Shaqiri's agents.

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The 26-year-old is now on worldwide duty with Switzerland ahead of the World Cup and he's apparently eager to find a new club before the tournament starts.

Shaqiri told Blick, as translated by The Mirror, when asked about Liverpool: "I can't tell you anything right now, I think my agents take care of my future".

Asked what he thought of Liverpool's iconic stadium, Shaqiri burst out laughing before replying: 'The Anfield stadium is great certainly.

Speaking after Switzerland's final World Cup warm-up game against Japan, the forward said: "I can't tell you anything right now".

I personally think he was being very tactical in not directly answering the reporter's questions and it may well be that a move to Anfield is being put together.

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