Liverpool have continued their summer spending in earnest, having made an exciting attacking acquisition.
Reports had linked Liverpool in recent weeks with Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri, who was always likely to leave the club after they were relegated from the Premier League.
Fresh from his World Cup campaign with Switzerland, in which he scored a famous, politically-charged late winner against Serbia, Shaqiri has officially joined Liverpool.
The Merseysiders made the announcement on their official website on Friday evening, with the 26-year-old stating:
“I’m very happy to be here. 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.”
— Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions 🏆) (@LFC) July 13, 2018
The contract is said to be a ‘long-term’ one, and per The Telegraph, the move cost £13m and is for a five-year duration.
The Swiss becomes Liverpool’s third arrival of the summer, after midfielders Fabinho from Monaco and the previously bought Naby Keita of RB Leipzig.
As can be seen above, he will wear the number 23 shirt vacated by Emre Can, who moved to Juventus last month. The previous two players to wear it are club legends Robbie Fowler and Jamie Carragher.