There has been interest in Shaqiri from a number of clubs, but Liverpool are set to win the race and will activate his release clause of around £13.75m rather than thrashing out a different fee.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has identified the Switzerland winger as one who can inject pinch of quality and bolster his attacking options, while the presence of a release clause in Shaqiri's contract makes a deal a financially attractive one.More news: Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin off North Carolina coast
The 26-year-old scored eight times for Stoke last season and registered a further seven assists in the Premier League, but he was unable to help them avoid relegation to the second tier.More news: World Cup marred by "significant" sexism outside the stadium
The article claims that Klopp has identified Shaqiri as a top target this summer as he wants to have him as back up for Liverpool FC's front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Shaqiri helped Switzerland reach the round-of-16 of the World Cup, with Stoke hoping those performances in Russian Federation would spark an auction for the forward. He will provide quality cover across Klopp's frontline.More news: President tears into May's Chequers deal