Shaqiri had a stellar World Cup with the Swiss national team Image: AFP
Swiss World Cup forward Xherdan Shaqiri has left relegated Stoke City for Champions League runner-up Liverpool. Liverpool said the 26-year-old player had signed "a long-term contract", but did not disclose the transfer fee. Media reports put it at 13 million pound (approx $17.2 million or Rs 118 crore), which is believed to have been his release clause.
"I'm very happy to be here. It's a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach (Jurgen Klopp). As a player, you always want to be on the biggest stage in football," said Shaqiri after the move was made official.
"A few years ago, I wanted to come too, but it didn't happen. I'm really happy 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," he added.
Shaqiri joins Jurgen Klopp's men on the back of a stellar World Cup 2018 with the Switzerland national team. He was instrumental to his team reaching the final 16 of the showcase event in Russia.
The Swiss attacker has been handed the No. 23 jersey at Anfield. Securing Shaqiri continues an impressive transfer window for Liverpool, which has already seen the arrivals of Monaco's Fabinho and RB Leipzig's Naby Keita.
To recall, Shaqiri was linked to a move to Anfield before he joined the Potters (Stoke) from Inter Milan back in 2015.
(With inputs from AP)