Liverpool have agreed a fee for Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri having activated the player’s £13.75million release clause.
Shaqiri will have a medical on Friday before a deal is finalised. He will be Klopp’s third summer signing.
Shaqiri is a player way above championship level and was attracted by the prospect of joining Liverpool and in particular working under Jurgen Klopp.
We are yet to hear about the contractual details of this signing, but this transfer shows a smart piece of business by the club given that they haven’t covered themselves in glory recently.
This signing will add depth to the attacking line and it is NOT a replacement for Nabil Fekir – who remains a target for the Reds despite Lyon’s shutdown of talks currently.
There was no real backup to Mo Salah or Sadio Mane should they get injured, so the addition of Shaqiri spells promise for a deeper squad next season.
As for Shaqiri, the Swiss man has undergone a very interesting career – starting off at Basel, Shaqiri went on to play for Bayern Munich and Inter Milan where he struggled to make an impact. This was all before heading to Stoke in 2015 where he seemed to settle. Spending three years in North Staffordshire, Shaqiri appeared 92 times for the Potters – scoring 15 goals.
Recently when asked about Liverpool interest in him but more specifically the stadium, Shaqiri said: “Anfield is great, definitely. I can’t tell you anything right now. I think my agents take care of my future. I’m focusing on the national team right now.”
It’s the national team where we have actually seen the best of Shaqiri, who excelled at the World Cup four years ago and more recently at the Euros in France. Some of you may remember Shaqiri’s bicycle kick against Poland that took the world by storm just two years ago. A player defined by moments of brilliance, Shaqiri fails to consistently produce this brilliance and can certainly struggle to retain form and stringing together games where he is the main man.
A move to Liverpool will see him become a rotational player which may benefit him, at Stoke he was constantly in the limelight and pressure was heaped upon him to produce. This bit-part role will allow him to slot in with a point to prove and a place in the team to earn, this will give him something to fight for and working under Klopp will also be a huge motivator.