Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool confirmed after Swiss star cuts holiday short to pass medical and picked shirt number 23.
Shaqiri’s release clause had been triggered by Jurgen Klopp following Stoke’s relegation to the Championship. And the Switzerland international is now Liverpool’s third arrival of the summer behind RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita and Monaco’s Fabinho.
Shaqiri was on holiday after his country’s World Cup exit when the call from Klopp arrived. The winger immediately packed his bags and returned to England, where he passed his Melwood medical.
The ace will compete for a place on the wings with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. But Xherdan Shaqiri can also play as a No 10, giving Klopp more options when going forward.
Further reports claim Liverpool could also be getting a new No 1 to replace Loris Karius… but he’s already at the club in the form of Danny Ward.
Xherdan Shaqiri was linked with a move to Anfield in 2014 but Bayern Munich reportedly blocked the transfer.
“As a player you always want to be on the biggest stage in football,” he said.
“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.
“It’s a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach. So I’m really glad and happy to be here.”
Xherdan Shaqiri won the Champions League with Bayern in 2013 and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: “I think the English phrase to explain the decision to sign Xherdan is a ‘no-brainer’.
“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 has speed and ability, has the right amount of arrogance on the football pitch, real bravery to want the ball and influence things.
“He is someone who makes a big difference to the squad and team, because he can fit in so many positions in our system.”