Liverpool fans can be forgiven for using the endless stream of rumours linking them to left-wingers as a means to help them sleep, such is the regularity of the names provided.
However, the latest to be thrown into the mix can only act as a livener equal to downing a vat of coffee just before slipping into the PJs.
Having sent Manchester United packing last time out, the Reds can solidify their 10/3-rated title chances with a win over Cardiff at the weekend, which they are 2/5 to do.
Should they keep their league-winning efforts on track, then the world’s top-notch players, like Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri, will only be too happy to come and join a trophy-challenging cause.
That’s the thinking behind this latest rumour, which links the Swiss left winger to Merseyside, as the player’s brother-turned-agent admitted the 22-year-old will listen to the Reds’ offers.
Despite being limited to just eight Bundesliga starts under Pep Guardiola this season, the Swiss has still been able to show his class in netting himself five goals.
A precocious talent that Die Roten snapped up from Basel in the summer of 2012, Shaqiri already has 30 caps for his national side and a host of winners medals to display from his time at the Bundesliga giants.
However, it’s now playing time, rather than silverware, which he craves the most and a move to Liverpool could be the perfect chance to satisfy those pangs.
With Brendan Rodgers hardly shy in tinkering with his tactics, it’s clear Liverpool need greater options on the flanks with only Raheem Sterling the only natural touchline-hugger at the Northern Irishman’s disposal.
Shaqiri’s versatility, he’s played across all three midfield positions as wells as the entire front line this season according to WhoScored.com, surely makes him the perfect plaything for such an avid formation-dabbler.
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