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Liverpool Again Linked With Bayern Munich Winger

Talk of a move for Bayern's Xherdan Shaqiri just won't go away, as he's once again the target of interest from Liverpool.

**transfer window metaphor**
**transfer window metaphor**
Lennart Preiss

If one had to choose which of Bayern's current squad they'd like to see at Liverpool, one would be advised to pick all of them. There's no telling how they'd do in the rough and tough realities of the World's Greatest and Most Exciting League Ever™, but there's also probably pretty easy telling that they would do just fine for themselves, thanks very much. If pressed further to narrow the selection down--and thinking about names that could possibly for the exit door--Javi Martinez is the easy choice, especially considering Liverpool's needs. Xherdan Shaqiri might not be too far off, however, and he might be the more realistic target after the club are reportedly once again interested in pursuing a deal to bring him to Merseyside.

Links with the Swiss winger aren't new by any stretch; before he left Basel I can recall plenty of discussion about moving for his signature, and over the course of the past few transfer windows there's been continued talk of Liverpool interest. Initially it seemed unlikely, as Elizabeth highlighted at the start of last summer, but when starting opportunities failed to come with any sort of regularity in his second season in Bavaria, talk of openness to a move elsewhere emerged.

As always, it's whispers of rumors of interest by people, and the tendency with long-standing links (see: Tello, Christian; Turan, Arda) is to dismiss them out of hand. Which we're certainly free to do, especially with at least one of the names mentioned alongside Shaqiri's in the Guardian story that mentions renewed interest. Andy Hunter includes Ryan Bertrand as a potential target, as well as Wilfried Bony, Dejan Lovren, and already-confirmed Adam Lallana and Alberto Moreno. That's a healthy shopping list, though one that seemed to underwhelm given its lack of flashier names.

If only there was another three and a half months to find targets and pursue them!

Regardless of what happens, the song mostly remains the same with Shaqiri--talk of interest makes sense for Liverpool given where they've looked to strengthen in the past year, and his age and quality make him an attractive target. Seeing that interest come to fruition feels like a long shot, but as long as he doesn't go making any more promises to little kids, perhaps it's not quite as far off as it once was.

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