The moment you’ve not necessarily waited for but knew was coming anyway is finally here. Xherdan Shaqiri is about to become the next player to join Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad. The official announcement of Shaqiri’s arrival could well be broadcast today given that the Swiss attacker has reportedly already agreed personal terms and was booked for a medical Friday morning.
Shaqiri is said to have flown to Liverpool on Thursday after Liverpool sent over the £13million that triggered his Get Out Of Stoke City For Cheap clause.
He should be an interesting addition to the squad, Shaqiri. He’s quick and wily, always thinking about moving the ball forward. And he’s dangerous from free-kicks. It remains to be seen how Shaqiri will take to the heavy press that Liverpool incorporate for long stretches of a match but he has time to train for that.
Shaqiri’s signing will mean having another solid and speedy option off the bench to spell Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mané throughout the season.
At 26, Shaqiri should be entering his prime years in the sport. He doesn’t arrive with the best reputation given that he failed to live up to expectations at Bayern Munich and Inter Milan but with Klopp in control it’s hard to not sense that maybe everything is about to change for the man they call Power Cube. The manager has already worked his magic with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, helping the player discover himself at Anfield last season.
Stay tuned today for the fun pictures and video of Shaqiri bench pressing Alberto Moreno while chatting up the Melwood kitchen staff.