In the age of Twitter users taking aim at the accounts of John Henry and Michael Edwards to ANNOUNCE [PLAYER X], we got a rare treat: a major account not tied to Liverpool Football Club decided to announce a transfer.
Today, the Swiss National Team’s Twitter released a statement that confirmed the smoke swirling around the rumored transfer of Xherdan Shaqiri is for real and it’s a done deal. This is all obviously pending an official announcement from the club, but if there were ever any real doubts, Liverpool fans can now begin to envision a squad that will include Shaqiri as part of it moving forward.
Shaqiri is coming off an impressive World Cup run in which his performances were integral to seeing the Swiss team out of the group stages and into the Round of 16. Unfortunately, they were unable to break down an impressively disciplined Swedish team, but the fact remains that Shaqiri was front-and-center to all of positive things for the Swiss.
As to how The Power Cube will fare in the Liverpool squad, there seems to be a bit of a split among LFC fandom. It’s been some time, for example, since Shaqiri burst on the scene as a young talent, with a middling stop at Bayern and an unconvincing stint at Stoke City to his name. He undoubtedly still possesses some of the physical traits that will necessarily make him valuable in a system as demanding as Jurgen Klopp’s. And with Alexander Oxlade-Chamberlain being sidelined due to injury, he will at least provide flexible depth on the wing and perhaps as the most advanced center midfielder in a midfield three.
I am hopeful for Shaqiri to bed in quickly and to maybe recreate the Ox signing in turning skeptics like me into true believers before all is said and done. Thanks in large part to the string of successful hits under Edwards and Klopp, there’s at least reason to be optimistic about turning Shaqiri’s potential into something tangible.
At any rate, here’s the Swiss Team holding down announcing duties until we get that final, official confirmation from the club itself: