It looks like Liverpool are closing in on their third signing of this transfer window, with Sky Sports and the Liverpool Echo reporting that the Reds have opened talks with Stoke over Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Switzerland global, now on holiday after appearing at the World Cup, has a release clause in the region of £13.5million and the Potters are resigned to losing one of their prized assets after relegation from the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp has been eyeing Shaqiri as a potential acquisition since before the World Cup and he is now prepared to make his move to trigger the release clause embedded in the Swiss winger's contract.
Before the World Cup, it was revealed that his ridiculously cheap release clause was attracting interest from several Premier League clubs with Liverpool said to be interested.
The 21-year-old scored in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Tranmere and is keen to make an impression on Klopp. Liverpool got lucky last season in that their front three - Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah - remained fit and healthy for the majority of the campaign, but their lack of depth was exposed during the Champions League final, when Salah departed injured.
Signed from Inter Milan by former Stoke manager Mark Hughes for £12m in August 2015, Shaqiri has openly admitted that he would look to leave after the club's drop into the Championship.
He is now on holiday after representing Switzerland at the World Cup, helping them to the last 16 where they were beaten by Sweden.
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