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Xherdan Shaqiri pens five-year deal with Liverpool as he completes £13m move from relegated Stoke

  • Jurgen Klopp has welcomed Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool with open arms
  • The Swiss World Cup star completed his £13million move from Stoke on Friday
  • Shaqiri explained how excited he is to work with such a 'fantastic coach'
  • Liverpool boss Klopp described the deal for Shaqiri as a 'no-brainer' 

By Dominic King for MailOnline

Published: 15:58 EDT, 13 July 2018 | Updated: 19:24 EDT, 13 July 2018

Xherdan Shaqiri is relishing the chance to get into the big time after he finally became Liverpool's third signing of the summer.

Jurgen Klopp has been eager to bolster the depth and quality of his squad and Liverpool took advantage of a release clause in Shaqiri's contract that enabled them to pay £13million to lure him from Stoke.

The Switzerland international had been on holiday after helping his country reach the last-16 of the World Cup but he broke off to complete a medical at Melwood on Friday. He has agreed a five-year deal and has taken over the No 23 shirt that was vacated by Emre Can's move to Juventus.

Xherdan Shaqiri has completed his £13million move from Stoke City to Liverpool

Shaqiri has joined Liverpool on a five-year deal after starring for Switzerland at the World Cup 
Shaqiri has joined Liverpool on a five-year deal after starring for Switzerland at the World Cup 

Shaqiri has joined Liverpool on a five-year deal after starring for Switzerland at the World Cup 


Liverpool lacked quality depth at times towards the end of last season and there is no doubting that Shaqiri has the talent to play at the highest level, having numbered Inter Milan and Bayern Munich among his previous clubs. 

'I'm very happy to be here,' Shaqiri told the club's official website. '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.'

The Switzerland star underwent his medical with the Premier League club on Friday
The Switzerland star underwent his medical with the Premier League club on Friday

The Switzerland star underwent his medical with the Premier League club on Friday

Shaqiri meets a new team-mates in James Milner as they greet each other on Friday
Shaqiri meets a new team-mates in James Milner as they greet each other on Friday

Shaqiri meets a new team-mates in James Milner as they greet each other on Friday

Virgil Van Dijk is another friendly face to welcome Shaqiri to Liverpool on Friday afternoon
Virgil Van Dijk is another friendly face to welcome Shaqiri to Liverpool on Friday afternoon

Virgil Van Dijk is another friendly face to welcome Shaqiri to Liverpool on Friday afternoon

Georginio Wijnaldum (right) hugs Shaqiri as the pair share a joke with each other
Georginio Wijnaldum (right) hugs Shaqiri as the pair share a joke with each other

Georginio Wijnaldum (right) hugs Shaqiri as the pair share a joke with each other

Shaqiri, formerly of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, will wear the No 23 shirt for the Reds and has been welcomed to the club by his new manager Jurgen Klopp. 

Speaking after the announcement of the signing, Klopp described the move for the winger as a 'no-brainer' for Liverpool.

'When someone like him becomes available in this way you have to react if you are smart – and we have,' Klopp commented.

'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.' 

Jurgen Klopp (left) claimed it was a 'no-brainer'  and is excited to welcome Shaqiri to the club
Jurgen Klopp (left) claimed it was a 'no-brainer'  and is excited to welcome Shaqiri to the club

Jurgen Klopp (left) claimed it was a 'no-brainer' and is excited to welcome Shaqiri to the club

Shaqiri holds aloft the Liverpool shirt after finally completing his move to Anfield
Shaqiri holds aloft the Liverpool shirt after finally completing his move to Anfield

Shaqiri holds aloft the Liverpool shirt after finally completing his move to Anfield

Klopp has set out an extensive recruitment operation at Melwood as he continues to bring in a number of high-profile acquisitions.

Shaqiri follows Fabinho and Naby Keita, who have set the Reds back a combined total of £99million so far this summer and it appears more could yet be on the way.

For now though, Klopp was only concerned with his latest signing.

He continued: '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.'

Shaqiri will wear the No 23 shirt that was vacated by Emre Can earlier this summer
Shaqiri will wear the No 23 shirt that was vacated by Emre Can earlier this summer

Shaqiri will wear the No 23 shirt that was vacated by Emre Can earlier this summer

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