Xherdan Shaqiri joins Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp makes transfer revelation
Shaqiri joins Naby Keita and Fabinho as the latest recruit to join Liverpool this summer after starring at the 2018 World Cup with Switzerland.
The 26-year-old was relegated with Stoke last season and spoke of his desire to remain in the Premier League.
Liverpool were the frontrunners for his signature for some time having been interested in signing Shaqiri a few years back.
And they have finally completed a deal for the versatile forward, penning a long-term contract at Anfield.
Klopp has a host of attackers currently at his disposal with Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane helping establish Liverpool as one of the most feared attacking line-ups in world football.
And the Liverpool boss believes Shaqiri will slot in perfectly with what he wants to achieve at Anfield, praising the former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan winger’s “arrogance”.
“I think the English phrase to explain the decision to sign Xherdan is a ‘no-brainer’,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.
“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.”