Why did Liverpool decide to sign Xherdan Shaqiri?
Liverpool have signed Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City in a five-year deal. The forward is an absolute bargain as Liverpool only had to meet his £13 mn release clause as Stoke City were relegated from the Premier League in 2017/18. He had joined the Potters, in 2015, for a club record of £12 mn from Inter Milan and is one of their biggest stars.
With the likes of Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge having played their last game in a Liverpool shirt, Jurgen Klopp was keen to add to his attacking options up front. Shaqiri is a seasoned international and would easily adjust in a big club like Liverpool. Notably, he has played for German champions Bayern Munich before.
Shaqiri is blessed with remarkable talent and his pace and trickery can create plenty of problems even for the best of defenses in the Premier League. It would be interesting to see him team up with Firmino and Mane. He surely has plenty of goals and assists to his name, and under Klopp, we might see the best of him.
In today's inflated transfer market, you will not see prices in the range of £13 mn especially when the club plays Champions League football. Shaqiri seems like the biggest bargain this summer. With Klopp hardly spending anything to bring him onboard, Liverpool can now focus on other potential targets to improve their squad.