Liverpool complete Xherdan Shaqiri transfer

The Switzerland international put pen to paper on a long-term contract with the club at Melwood after completing a medical on Friday.

Shaqiri became the club’s third signing of the summer as Klopp is clearly looking to overhaul his midfield before the next campaign begins. He joins the Reds after three years in the Premier League with Stoke City that included 84 appearances and a total of 30 goals and assists, following spells with Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and FC Basel.

“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.”

Shaqiri, who has scored 21 goals in 74 games for his country and started all four of their 2018 World Cup matches, began his career with FC Basel and represented Bayern Munich for two-and-a-half years after joining the Bundesliga club in the summer of 2012.

Six months with Internazionale followed before he arrived in the Premier League with Stoke in August 2015.

Shaqiri won six league title medals during his time in Switzerland and Germany, as well as the 2012-13 Champions League with Bayern.

Klopp’s thoughts on Shaqiri –

Klopp has admired Shaqiri’s ability, attitude and skillset for some time, and it was his availability and potential to enhance the current squad which ensured the signing made sense.

“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.

“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.”

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