After finishing fourth and reaching the Champions League final last season, Liverpool will hope to take that next step further and challenge Manchester City and co.
Pep Guardiola guided the blue half of Manchester to the Premier League title with ease, and now he is boosting his already star-studded squad.
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According to BBC Sport, the deal cost around £60m, which makes the winger City’s club-record signing.
On the same day, The Telegraph reported that Liverpool have opened talks with Stoke City regarding a move for Xherdan Shaqiri, who suffered relegation to the Championship with the Potters last season.
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The report claims that the Switzerland international is available for a fee in the region of £13m due to a release clause in his contract.
After Mahrez’s switch to City was confirmed, some Liverpool fans suggested that there is a gulf between their club and the English champions.
Plenty now feel deflated about the likely arrival of Shaqiri.
Hard to get excited about Shaqiri when City have just signed Mahrez. I had hoped back to back top 4 finishes and a UCL final may equate to a stronger calibre of signings in all crucial areas.
— Rory Greenfield (@RoryGreenfield) July 10, 2018
We just were in a Champions League final. And we’re using that hype and buzz to sign… Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke for £13m. Great. Well in Liverpool. That’ll help us catch 100 point Man City who are signing Jorginho and Mahrez.
— James (@BobbyF9_) July 11, 2018
we’ve bought shaqiri as a squad player, city just got mahrez. levels.
— Abdul Aleem ?? (@akhiskinfade) July 11, 2018
Man City get Mahrez, we get Shaqiri…. https://t.co/Tsak1TzpTY
— Prashant_RandomTalks (@PRandomtalks) July 11, 2018
Shaqiri wants Liverpool move, it’s good but it’s not quite Riyad Mahrez
— ? (@UsmanA__) July 11, 2018
Our reply to man City getting Mahrez is we getting is we opening talks with shaqiri. #lfc
— Eyan Big Daddy (@_Urban_Gent) July 10, 2018
City signing Mahrez and we are negotiating for Shaqiri……….. And have 2 clowns in goal but for some very miraculous reasons we actually think we’ll compete next season…….
Sometimes it’s the hope that kills you #LFC #mcfc
— AyoDi_jNr © (@kikihillario) July 10, 2018
We are buying Shaqiri while City are buying Mahrez, Klopp will have to have some worldie next season if we are to beat City to the league https://t.co/jsufLLBvGi
— John O Sullivan (@Corballyred) July 10, 2018