Liverpool new-boy Xherdan Shaqiri was reportedly a transfer target for Manchester United this summer before he ultimately ended up moving from Stoke City to Anfield.
The Switzerland international was available on the cheap after Stoke’s relegation, as noted by Blick, and United were one of a number of teams who made their interest known to the Potters.
However, as the report states, Shaqiri was so quickly won over by Jurgen Klopp after meeting with the German tactician, that talks with United never even took place.
This is quite a snub to Jose Mourinho, but it perhaps make sense as Shaqiri looks so obviously suited to the way this Liverpool side looks under Klopp.
The 26-year-old has made an impressive start with LFC, looking the business in pre-season, when he scored a superb goal against United in a 4-1 friendly win.
It remains to be seen how much of a starter Shaqiri will end up being with Liverpool, but there definitely seems the potential there for him to prove one of the bargains of the summer.
Klopp tends to get more out of players based on what we’ve seen from his work at Anfield so far, so he could be ideal to harness the talent in Shaqiri that was so evident in his days as a youngster at Basel, though his career went slightly down hill in spells at Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.