Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool CONFIRMED: Swiss star makes surprise admission after joining
The Switzerland international puts pen to paper on a long-term contract at Anfield off the back of a strong showing at the World Cup.
Shaqiri joins Liverpool for a fee of around £13m after a release clause was activated by Stoke’s relegation to the Championship.
The 26-year-old has revealed he was keen to link up with the Reds when a move to the Premier League was first touted as a possibility for him.
“I’m very happy to be here,” said Shaqiri, who arrived in England three years ago after leaving Inter Milan.
“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 swaps the Bet365 Stadium for Anfield having bagged 15 goals in 92 appearances in all competitions for Stoke.
And he will challenge Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino for a starting spot in Jurgen Klopp’s attack.
Shaqiri follows midfielders Fabinho and Naby Keita in signing for last season’s beaten Champions League finalists.
Klopp will be hoping that trio can help Liverpool make their mark in all four competitions they will be competing in next season.
Shaqiri joins Liverpool with plenty of top level experience behind him, particularly from during his stint at Bayern Munich.
The winger won the Champions League in his first season in Bavaria, with a pair of Bundesliga winners’ medals in his locker too.
Shaqiri will don the number 23 at Liverpool, just as he does for Switzerland, for whom he’s made 74 appearances.
The shirt was last worn by the recently-departed Emre Can before he ran down his contract and signed for Juventus.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler previously donned the number 23 for the Merseyside giants.
Shaqiri is now set to resume his post-World Cup break having flown to Liverpool for his medical and to agree terms.