Xherdan Shaqiri says Bayern Munich blocked a move to Liverpool in 2014.
Liverpool were doing their best to sign a new winger in 2014 and Xherdan Shaqiri was doing his best to leave Bayern Munich in order to impress ahead of the World Cup in Brazil and despite the best efforts of Brendan Rodgers, the deal never materialised.
“I wanted to leave in summer by all means and had offers from Liverpool and Atletico,” Shaqiri told Spox, via Sky Sports.
“Brendan Rodgers called me several times before the World Cup. But Bayern forbid me to leave.”
Shaqiri got his move in January 2015 and moved to Italy to join Inter Milan. It was a move which, at the time, looked for all the world to be another high profile player to be rejecting Liverpool but Shaqiri has revealed that it was, in fact, Bayern’s reluctance to release the player which denied both the player and Liverpool their wish.
Despite being at Inter for just six months, Shaqiri joined Stoke City in the summer of 2015 after he was surprised by the lack of investment in facilities but still claims he enjoyed his short stay in Italy.
“Inter wanted me the most. They promised me a new Inter,” the former Basel star said.
“The reception was really crazy. A security man nearly choked me, because there was chaos and he lost the orientation. The lifestyle was amazing, they were the best six months of my life.
“The football was very tactical. It was difficult to bring in my explosive style of playing. There was a training session in which I shot into the corners for two hours. I had never experienced this before.
“Inter’s infrastructure is a shame, to be honest. That such a prestigious club does not find a way to invest in its infrastructure is disappointing. The regeneration, analysis, training – in England it’s much more professional.”
As much as its easy to look back and think that Liverpool are better off without Shaqiri, he’s a talented player and at the time, in 2014, there was a real lack of real wingers and he would have improved the side. I must say, it’s a little disappointing to see him go from Bayern to Inter to Stoke – regardless of whether or not he says the infrastructure is better.