Xherdan Shaqiri: Liverpool sign Stoke forward after triggering release clause

14 July, 2018, 00:03 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Liverpool face Lazio competition for Stoke attacker Xherdan Shaqiri

Shaqiri has been on holiday following Switzerland's elimination from the World Cup but is set to join up with his new team-mates for pre-season training next week.

Liverpool have been strongly linked with Shaqiri in recent months and TeamTalk reported earlier this week that Manchester United had joined their rivals in the race to sign the Switzerland global.

Regardless, everything seems to be in place for Shaqiri to become Klopp's third signing of the transfer window following the arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho.

The 26-year-old scored eight goals and made seven assists in 36 Premier League games for the Potters last season but could not prevent them from dropping down to the Championship.


Matt Le Tissier has reacted to Xherdan Shaqiri reportedly being on the verge of joining Liverpool.

Shaqiri, who will wear the 23 shirt previously used by the departed Emre Can, was desperate to join the Reds in 2014 - a move blocked by Bayern - and was delighted to finally sign for the Anfield side. To play for us these are mandatory requirements.

The former Basel winger was once one of the most coveted wingers in Europe, but previous stints at some of Europe's biggest clubs did not go well.

"I was always an admirer of his so I'm happy to reunite with him". He gives us greater flexibility in how we can use our current players also. "So I'm really glad and happy to be here", Shaqiri told the club's official website. A few years ago I wanted to come too but it didn't happen. I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles.

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