Liverpool fans feel deflated about Shaqiri following Mahrez move to Manchester City

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.

On Tuesday, the club announced the arrival of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City on a five-year deal, worth £200,000-a-week.

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.