Bayern Munich star Xherdan Shaqiri claims he was lined up to join Liverpool during the last transfer window but the German giants blocked his exit.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was reportedly keen on signing the 23-year-old winger since the last January transfer window and also failed to secure targets Mohamed Salah and Yevhen Konoplianka.

Reports this summer claimed the Merseysiders renewed their interest in the Bayern star following Luis Suarez's departure to Barcelona and Shaqiri's impressive World Cup, scoring a hat-trick against Honduras. Shaqiri made 10 Bundesliga starts last season and scored six goals.

He said he was keen on a move to the Premier League – with some reports claiming Rodgers was set to pay £16m for his services.

Shaqiri told Swiss newspaper Blick: "It was known that I wanted to do something in the summer. After the World Cup I felt that it would be better for me to try something new. I thought of a change and had a lot of requests,

"Then FC Bayern decided that I should stay. In that case, you cannot do much as a player. But I feel very good at Munich, too."

With both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery playing in his position at the club, the Switzerland international has only started three Bundesliga games in the start of the new campaign, and is struggling to secure regular football since his move from Basel in 2012.