Liverpool have completed the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City
The Reds have sprung back into action with the World Cup in its final stages. After seeing a deal fall through for Nabil Fekir, Liverpool moved quickly to ensure they completed their third signing of the summer. Xherdan Shaqiri has moved to Anfield for a bargain fee of £13.5 million. Shaqiri becomes Liverpool’s third signing of the summer following the arrival of Naby Keita and Fabinho.
The Swiss international arrived at Melwood earlier today to complete his medical having previously agreed on personal terms with the club.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 13, 2018
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp was chuffed with Shaqiri’s arrival and called his signing a ‘no-brainer’. Klopp told club’s official website:
“I think the English phrase to explain the decision to sign Xherdan is a ‘no-brainer’. When someone like him becomes available in this way you have to react if you are smart – and we have.”
“He has speed and ability, has the right amount of arrogance on the football pitch, real bravery to want the ball and influence things. To play for us these are mandatory requirements.”
Shaqiri too expressed his joy over a switch to Anfield. He highlighted Klopp as being one of the main reasons why he decided to don the Red of Liverpool next season. In his first official interview with Liverpoolfc.com, the 26-year-old said:
“I know the coach from Germany, when he was at Dortmund.”
“We played against each other – me with Bayern Munich – and they were always big games.”
“That was a big point for me to come here, because of the coach. I love his football, how he plays and how he manages a team. I was always an admirer of his so I’m happy to reunite with him.”
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) July 13, 2018
Capable of playing on either wing, Shaqiri contributed to 15 goals (8 goals, 7 assists) for a below-par Stoke side last season. He was easily their best player and also put in impressive displays as Switzerland reached the round of 16 in the World Cup.
As Klopp said, Shaqiri’s signing is a ‘no-brainer’. Though many fans are doubting the 26-year-old’s ability, being a Liverpool fan myself I do believe this is a great deal. He has represented some of the biggest clubs in the world and hence his pedigree cannot be doubted. His inconsistency will be ironed out be Klopp and could be a success Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who too was doubted upon his arrival at Anfield. Moreover, he comes as a backup to Salah and Mane on the wings, a position Liverpool desperately needed strengthening in.