Liverpool Transfer News: Xherdan Shaqiri Talks Reportedly Opened with Bayern

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2014

Bayern's Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland controls the ball during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, March 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Matthias Schrader/Associated Press

Liverpool have reportedly started talks with Bayern Munich over the signing of Swiss wizard Xherdan Shaqiri.

101 Great Goals provides news that respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims the Anfield club have begun negotiations to bring the 22-year-old to the Premier League.

Di Marzio tweeted:

Shaqiri has struggled to force his way into the Bayern first-team picture under Pep Guardiola, and it seems he may well be surplus to the manager's requirements.

Sky Sport24 Italia sportswriter Fabrizio Romano also confirmed his belief that the Reds are in for Shaqiri and that the process to capture his signature is ongoing.

He tweeted:

Shaqiri managed to make 20 appearances for the Bavarian giants last season in the Bundesliga and Champions league, per, but only started in half of those games, scoring on six occasions and providing two assists. 

The Switzerland international is a truly diverse attacker, able to play on both sides of the pitch and behind the striker. 

He would fit perfectly with Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling, making Liverpool's forward line even more dynamic and potent than it was last season.

In recent weeks, Shaqiri has spoken of his disappointment at the lack of opportunity afforded to him at Bayern and that he would consider a transfer away from the club.

Kerstin Joensson/Associated Press

Alex Harris of the Express reported that the attacker said to 20 Minuten:

We'll see. I'm not going to go through another year like this. If not much changes, then I will have to change something. I am only disappointed because I have played less. 

I am young and need to develop myself. I want to play in the big games from the beginning, and not just in the league when everything is already clear.

I want to play at a top club as the Champions League is important to me.

Liverpool would have found it incredibly difficult to land a player such as Shaqiri in years gone by without the promise of Champions League football, but now they have the carrot to tempt the very best players.

Shaqiri is a skilful individual, and if Brendan Rodgers gets the most out of him, as he has done with Sturridge since his arrival, Liverpool fans will fall in love with him.

He has the ability to beat players and score goals, and Rodgers' attacking philosophy suits his style of play.

ST GALLEN, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 05: Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland at the warm up prior the international friendly match between Switzerland and Croatia at the AFG Arena on March 5, 2014 in St Gallen, Switzerland.  (Photo by Marc Eich/Getty Images)
Marc Eich/Getty Images

However, even though Shaqiri is a player of great talent, it is the defensive areas Liverpool must address in this transfer window.

Despite coming second in the Premier League, Liverpool conceded 50 goals, per BBC Sport. This is an unacceptable figure moving forward.

Even Manchester United conceded seven goals fewer during their poor year, and both Southampton and Crystal Palace ended the season with superior defensive records, per BBC Sport. 

If Liverpool had an adequate defence last season, they would have won the league. So it is Rodgers' task to address this area as soon as possible. As long as Shaqiri's capture does not affect this, he will be a welcomed addition.