Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their chase for Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, after the Swiss international accepted defeat in his quest to get a transfer away from the German giants, as reported by the Daily Star.
The Anfield club were consistently linked with a move for the diminutive winger during the summer months, with little clear competition for his signature.
Shaqiri was also particularly keen on a move, suggesting that the transfer would be relatively simple for Brendan Rodgers’s side to complete.
However, Bayern have been insistent that they will not let the former Basel player move on, and see him as an important part of their squad.
As a result, the transfer never came to fruition, and it now seems as though Shaqiri will no longer agitate for a move away.
He has said that he will have to make the best of a bad situation and try and work his way back into the side.
Shaqiri said: “I’ve still got a contract until 2016 and the club have already told me I won’t be going anywhere so I’ve just got to accept that.
“For as long as I am here, I will give everything I’ve got.
“I try to do my best in training and when the coach rewards me with appearances, like today against Hannover, then that’s even better.
“I’m always delighted when I can start games, and I show that too, like I did this time.
“I think everybody could see how hungry I am to play football.”