Liverpool have this evening announced the signing of Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City.
The fee for Shaqiri is said to be in the region of £13 million.
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‘It’s a huge club with big history’
Shaqiri has already spoken about moving to Liverpool and was full of praise for the club.
“I’m very happy to be here. It’s a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach. So I’m really glad and happy to be here.
“As a player you always want to be on the biggest stage in football. A few years ago I wanted to come too but it didn’t happen. I’m really happy that now I’m finally here. I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles. That’s what I’m here for.”
‘We are the perfect move for him’
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has also been signing Shaqiri’s praises and has stated he is a long-term admirer of the ex-Stoke winger.
“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.
“We are the perfect move for him in this moment as well I think, because he needs to push himself and challenge himself and our environment encourages that. We will want him to express himself but also learn and improve the areas of his game where he can still make progression.
“From our perspective, he is someone who makes a big difference to the squad and team, because he can fit in so many positions in our system. He gives us greater flexibility in how we can use our current players also. This is cool.
“I know him well from his time in Switzerland and especially Germany – I have been a long-time admirer. But the added bonus now is that he knows the Premier League and what it takes to perform in this uniquely intense environment. He also did really well at the World Cup – so he comes to us full of belief and confidence.
“Finally, Xherdan the person will fit in perfectly at Liverpool I believe. He has personality and drive – he is someone who will feed off the positive emotion of our crowd. He joins a dressing room of really good lads and I know they will welcome him with open arms and help him settle and integrate quickly.”
Great backup winger
26-year-old Shaqiri has had a long career all around Europe, proving himself to be a top talent.
Shaqiri started his career in Switzerland with FC Basel where he played 130 games scoring 23 and assisting 27.
The winger then moved to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in 2012 for a fee of around £10 million.
During his time in Germany Shaqiri played 81 games scoring 17 and assisting 19. He also won the Champions League once, Bundesliga three times and German Cup twice.
Shaqiri then moved to Inter Milan permanently in 2015 for a fee of around £13 million. However, he would only play 20 games for Inter before moving to Stoke City in August of 2015 for £15.3 million.
During his time at Stoke, Shaqiri had scored 15 and assisted 15 in 92 appearances.