Gary Rowett opens door for Xherdan Shaqiri exit

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Liverpool were close to signing Shaqiri from Bayern in the summer of 2014 and were the player's preferred option at the time.

Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri is likely to head back to the Premier League via Anfield.

Shaqiri has a release clause in his contract which allows him to leave Stoke City for a fee reported to be in the range of £12m-£13.5m that has come into effect following's Stoke City's relegation.

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The Blues finished 19th in the league for number of shots registered, shots on target and chances created, highlighting the need for a creative maestro like Shaqiri to add a bit of star-dust to play in the final third.

Everton and Leicester have also been linked interest in the Stoke ace, who is certain to move on before the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

Liverpool are chasing several high-profile attackers, but Rowett has confirmed if the Reds make a suitable bid for Shaqiri then the club will grant a sale.

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'I want to put players on the pitch next season that want to be in a different league and understand the challenges of that league.

Shaqiri was one of the few shining lights for a Stoke team relegated to the Championship and the former Bayern Munich man is clearly a wanted man this summer.

However, with the Reds still reportedly keen on Nabil Fekir, it may turn out that the club see the Swiss as an alternative in case that deal does not go through.

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The 26-year-old is now with Switzerland's squad ahead of their World Cup campaign and is expected to play their first game against Brazil on June 17.