New Liverpool signing Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed that he came close to moving to Anfield during his time at Bayern Munich.
The Switzerland international enjoyed a successful stint with Bavarian giants Bayern between 2012-2015, until moving to Inter Milan for a short spell, before then joining Stoke City.
Shaqiri has admitted that he had been keen on moving to Anfield in the past, and that he is now eager to add to his trophy collection with Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“Every player wants to play on the biggest stages in football. I have played for big teams. I know what it takes. I won many titles with Bayern Munich so I know how it is to be on the big stage. I am really happy to have this opportunity,” Shaqiri said in a pre-season press conference in America.
“You have competition all over the world, not only in football, in normal life too. Everyone fights for his place, but in the end, we have many games to play and everybody is going to play games.
“Everybody knows that a few years ago I wanted to come here but for some reasons it didn’t work out. Of course I was disappointed after. We had many discussions at the time in Germany with the club because I wanted to come here but they blocked it. Now I am finally a Liverpool player and I’m very happy to have this opportunity.
“The most important thing is to go to the last limit and to try to do the small things that will help us win titles. They were very close last season. I hope this season we can go through and improve the small things that we need. I hope that we can get it this year.
“You can see with the transfers that we want to go forward. We want to achieve something.”