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Jurgen Klopp GETTY Jurgen Klopp has made moves in the transfer market already
Cary Erickson | 12 June, 2018, 08:40

Following the collapse of the Nabil Fekir deal, the importance of bringing in Shaqiri seems to have grown.

A number of clubs are said to have been weighing up a move for the Switzerland global, but Jurgen Klopp's side are the ones leading the chase.

In early May, Goal journalist Neil Jones reported that Liverpool are in the market for a multi-functional forward to help alleviate the burden of scoring goals as carried by Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. He was replaced by Gary Rowett last month.

With limited time remaining before the finals start in Russian Federation, there might not be a quick resolution-but the Reds have clearly got options in mind to further add to the squad.

The tricky Swiss winger almost joined the Reds back in 2014 until a move to Anfield was blocked, with Shaqiri instead going on to play for Inter before completing a switch to Stoke City in 2015.

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The Swiss worldwide apparently has a £12m relegation release clause in his contract which can now be activated as the Potters were unable to stay in the top-flight.

They will be playing in the Championship next season.

Etebo spent the second half of last season on loan with Las Palmas in La Liga and will link up with his new Stoke team-mates after the World Cup.

The Ligue 1 club recently broke off transfer negotiations with Liverpool regarding the transfer of Fekir, and the Reds have prioritised Shaqiri as the flawless alternative.

But the onus is on the French outfit, who are well aware of captain Fekir's desire to move to Merseyside, to push the deal with Liverpool the ones to have backed away at the last minute.