Liverpool Sign Xherdan Shaqiri From Stoke City

Liverpool have completed their signing of Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City after triggering the player’s release clause.

The 26-year-old former Bayern Munich star joins the Reds for £13m. He was Stoke City’s top scorer last season with 8 goals but these weren’t enough to save his side from being relegated.

Shaqiri joined the Potters for £12m in August 2015 and officially becomes Liverpool’s third signing of the summer following the acquisition of Fabinho from AS Monaco for £39m and Naby Keita coming in from RB Leipzig.

"As a player you always want to be on the biggest stage in football," Shaqiri said after completing his move to Anfield.

"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.

"It's a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach. So I'm really glad and happy to be here."

The 2013 Champions League winner with Bayern Munich will wear shirt No. 23 at Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: "I think the English phrase to explain the decision to sign Xherdan is a 'no-brainer'.

 

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