Reds player admits he wanted FC Bayern and is happy clubs were pitted against one another: Xherdan Shaqiri admits he wanted Liverpool and FC Bayern to meet

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Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri has disclosed that he is “very happy” The Reds were drawn against the Bundesliga giants in the Champions League.

The former Stoke City and FC Bayern player, Shaqiri, admitted to that he had hoped for the opportunity to be pitted against his old club.

Shaqiri said:

“I was very happy [with the draw] because I wanted to play against Bayern Munich, against my old teammates and my old team. I’m looking forward to the game.”

The Switzerland international also discussed the joys of playing for FC Bayern from 2012 to 2015 after joining from FC Basel.

“It was an amazing time [at Bayern]. Two-and-a-half years I was there and it was amazing; we won a lot of titles, we won the Champions League. We had the best team Bayern Munich had.

“It was an amazing feeling to win so many trophies. I had many great memories there, I will never forget them. I’m really looking forward to going there and trying to win the game in Munich with my team.”

Shaqiri watched on last season as The Reds steamrolled their way to the Champions League final in Kiev. Unfortunately, Klopp’s men fell at the last hurdle, losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in the final on that occasion.

However, Shaqiri feels the team is primed for another European journey this time around and he is delighted to have the opportunity to play his part.

“I’m looking forward to the experience. It’s going to be amazing. We can go very far, I hope.

“They are going to be two very difficult games against Bayern because they are a top side. The two games will be interesting because both teams attack and play offensively. We need two very good performances to go through.”

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