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.
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.
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.’