Liverpool have completed the signing of Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri for £13.75 million, and fans are mostly happy with his arrival.
The manager himself called it a “no brainer” and that’s how most fans see the signing too.
The new Reds’ No.23 will fly out with the squad to America next Saturday, having interrupted his post-World Cup holiday to head to Merseyside on Thursday evening and complete his medical and media duties on Friday.
Most fans highlighted the bargain nature of the signing
Think Shaqiri will prove a bargain for that fee. Quality squad option to lessen the burden on Mané and Salah, loads of experience at a high level and a potential game changer off the bench. Really smart piece of business.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) July 13, 2018
Shaqiri for £2m less than Jordon Ibe.
— Distance Covered (@DistanceCovered) July 13, 2018
£13m for Shaqiri is going to be the best bit of business in the transfer market since Liverpool paid £8m for Andy Robbo.
— Joe (@JoeScouse_LFC) July 13, 2018
I think Shaquiri will need to adapt his game a little to fit into Klopp's #LFC. But at 26 he is a very good addition and great value for money. Has always had the talent – no better manager than Klopp to get the very best out of him.
— Si Steers (@sisteers) July 13, 2018
— David Gillett (@D9VYG42) July 13, 2018
8 goals and 7 assists in the worst team last season. Very tidy buisness this. I remember wanting him to sign some years back and was gutted we didn’t get him. Reckon he’ll be a class act especially with our quality players around him..??
– Alper Koker on Facebook
People will scoff at Liverpool signing Shaqiri but if they need one thing, it's squad depth. Shaqiri provides another option.
And are they really going to sign somebody to get in front of Salah?
— Daniel (@TheMilkGuzzler) July 13, 2018
Think Shaqiri will do well here. Happy with that signing.
— Green Scouser (@Green_Scouser) July 13, 2018
Xherdan Shaqiri will be a massive addition to the already enviable Liverpool squad, Klopp only needs to pitch his tactics right for most of his acquisitions to fit in Liverpool.
— JasonBannerman (@jasonbannerman) July 13, 2018
Shaqiri is a fucking unit. Sturridge will pull a hamstring just looking at him.
— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan23_92) July 13, 2018
We used to buy young inexperienced players as squad players cos we were not in the CL and couldnt attract top talent, now we get players like Xherdan to come and sit on the bench ! but with the CL, FA, LC and league, he will get games, and make an impression….. look forward to see him ripping open a few stubborn defences. Times are really good for LFC right now. Enjoy the change in fortunes, embrace the change etc..
– Geebo in the forums
On Shaqiri, it'll be nice to have someone who can score from free-kicks again.
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) July 13, 2018
That's the smile of a man when he realises he's got Salah, Mane and Firmino and can forget about Chupo-Moting, Diouf and Berahino for good pic.twitter.com/0HbCZeGc3O
— Kaby Neita (@BecOfTheKop) July 13, 2018
There were also nice words from Stoke fans:
I’ve seen plenty of ‘good honest pros’ play for Stoke City, I’ve seen some top footballers too. Xherdan Shaqiri made me excited to go and watch us. The lad is special, and I’m glad he’s going to a fanbase that adores talent. https://t.co/o7QY03oNIX
— Championship Dave (@davidcowlishaw) July 13, 2018
? Farewell Xherdan. The kind of footballer you go to games for. Our biggest ‘rock the city’ signing, traction engine of a left foot, did mad shit and carried us way too often. https://t.co/SooLd9QwN2
— Wizards of Drivel (@wizardsofdrivel) July 12, 2018
One fan rightly highlighted the strange reaction from some who were somehow seeing a negative in the signing:
Plastic fan in 2017 : the squad has no depth #KloppOut
Plastic fan in 2018 : I didn’t want Shaqiri #KloppOut
ffs get a grip
– Nicolas Doyle on Facebook
With Shaqiri adding to Fabinho and Keita, now fans want two more signings:
Fekir and a keeper basically and I think we'd be done. There were rumours/are rumours we're keen on a CB as well.
— LFCZA ?? (@LFCZA) July 13, 2018
We are moving in right direction let’s get fekir deal done and a goal keeper, then we are good to go.
– Kingsley Okwudili on Facebook
Happy with the Shaqiri signing. Now for a goalkeeper .. any goalkeeper!
— Aaron Cutler (@aaron_cutler) July 13, 2018