Xherdan Shaqiri has completed his £13million transfer from Stoke to Liverpool after passing his medical at the club. The Swiss international was a sensation for his country at the just concluded World Cup in Russia, where he led his country to the round of 16.
The decision to join Liverpool came after his club, Stoke, got relegated last season. This has prompted the Reds to pounce on the opportunity to sign the pacey winger.
Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp called the deal a “no-brainer” when asked about his reasoning behind signing the Swiss star.
Liverpool missed the opportunity to sign him when he wanted to join Stoke few years back and were not going to miss this one again, signing him to a long term deal at the club.
Pictures were circulated on the social media pages of the club and many Liverpool supporters were excited about the latest addition to Anfield.
Hotel ➡️ Medical ➡️ Melwood
Access all areas with @XS_11official on his first day with the Reds: https://t.co/0mR0F6vuYD#XS23 pic.twitter.com/trfGqTuBeV
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 17, 2021
The 26 year old will now join the likes of Naby Keita and Fabinho as new addition to the club this summer. He is expected to link up with his new teammates before the start of the new season.
Liverpool now have one of the best set of attackers in the league, this is adding to the likes of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane already at the club. This will make them one of the deadliest attacks in England, if not the deadliest.
The signing of Shaqiri brings lot of discussion about how Liverpool want to set out for the new season. The chemistry the trident of Salah, Mane and Firmino have formed is not about to be usurped and this can only mean that Shaqiri will either play from the midfield or come in as a substitute for any of the three attackers.
The season hasn’t started yet and many tactical decisions can still be made to make to accommodate four attackers in the team.
The decision to sign him is also one that has more positive from all angles for both parties. Liverpool paid £13m for an established Premier League player, the player moved to a club that guaranties Champions League football, and Stoke got a fee to reinvest in their squad and fight for a return to the Premier League next season.
The competition this helps bring to the team will also improve the players and mitigate the concern over malignant injuries that could stagnate the team’s momentum.