In the summer of 2014 Liverpool lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona and they wanted to fill the void with Xherdan Shaqiri, at the time when he was a Bayern player.
“I wanted to leave in summer by all means and had offers from Liverpool and Atletico,” Shaqiri said in an interview ahead of the upcoming showdown with his former suitors. “Brendan Rodgers called me several times before the World Cup, but Bayern forbid me to leave.”
The blocked move eventually forced Liverpool to gamble on Mario Balotelli, and it left the club and the player worse for wear.
Shaqiri did not have to wait long for his move away from Munich, moving first for a six-month spell at Inter Milan in January of 2015, before ending up at Stoke City for the start of the 2015/16 season. So, thanks for putting the kibosh on our move, Bayern.
Stoke City might not be the “big name” that Inter is, but Shaqiri insists that the training facilities in England are far better than in Italy.
“Inter’s infrastructure is a shame to be honest. That such a prestigious club does not find a way to invest in its infrastructure is disappointing. The regeneration, analysis, training – in England it’s much more professional.”