Liverpool look set to capitalise on Xherdan Shaqiri’s World Cup exit by cashing in on the Switzerland international in the coming days, making the talented 26-year-old their fourth signing of the summer.
His current side Stoke City were relegated from the Premier League last season and, as such, he will be available on the cheap for a reported £12 million, a price which for the pedigree Shaqiri possesses is a steal.
So are Shaqiri and Liverpool the perfect match for each other? Here are three reasons why they most definitely are.
The Klopp effect
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is renowned for getting the best out of his players, something he has demonstrated during his time at the Reds and during his stint with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, if any manager in Europe is going to get Shaqiri playing to the level we all know he can, it is the German.
Liverpool’s attacking style of play and mentality
Shaqiri’s attacking and in your face style of play seems perfectly matched with Liverpool’s “heavy metal football” and the Swiss international could seemingly fit in anywhere across the Liverpool front three. He is the ideal man to be back up for Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
Shaqiri already has “big club” experience
Liverpool won’t be the first “big club”, who have had Shaqiri in their ranks; the pacey winger has played for German giants Bayern Munich as well as Italian side Inter Milan. This means playing for a club with the stature of Liverpool won’t be anything new to forward and he will easily fit into the way in which the club operates.