Premier League giants Liverpool have completed the signing of Swiss playmaker Xerdan Shaqiri.
The 26-year-old moves to the Merseyside club after signing a five-year contract following the Reds’ decision to trigger his £13m release clause.
He becomes the club’s third summer signing after Fabinho and Naby Keita.
Xerdan Shaqiri joined Stoke City in August 2015 for a club record fee of £12m from Italian Serie A side Inter Milan.
He was part of the Switzerland team that crashed out of the ongoing FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia in the first knockout stage after a 1-0 defeat to Sweden.
In his first interview as a Liverpool player, Shaqiri told the club’s website that: “As a player you always want to be on the biggest stage in football.”
“A few years ago I wanted to come too but it didn’t happen. I’m really happy that now I’m finally here. I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles.
“It’s a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach. So I’m really glad and happy to be here.” He stated further.I
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp added: “I think the English phrase to explain the decision to sign Xherdan is a ‘no-brainer’.”
“I know him well from his time in Switzerland and especially Germany – I have been a long-time admirer. But the added bonus now is that he knows the Premier League and what it takes to perform in this uniquely intense environment.
“He has speed and ability, has the right amount of arrogance on the football pitch, real bravery to want the ball and influence things.
“He is someone who makes a big difference to the squad and team, because he can fit in so many positions in our system.” The former Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund boss concluded.