Liverpool FC have confirmed the signing of Switzerland international winger Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City.
The 26-year-old arrives for a reported £13.75 million due to a release clause in his contract after Stoke’s relegation from the Premier League last season.
Shaqiri, who Liverpool attempted to sign from Bayern Munich in 2014, joins on a five-year contract and will head to the United States with the rest of the squad next Saturday.
His first outing in the red shirt should therefore be against Borussia Dortmund in North Carolina on July 22.
Shaqiri recently returned from the World Cup where he scored one and assisted another in four games for Switzerland.
Last season he topped Stoke’s goals and assists charts, with eight and seven respectively.
Reported Fee: £13.75m (release clause)
Position: Right wing
Height: 5ft 6″
Strengths: Dribbling, long shots, set-pieces
The winger will add much-needed quality and depth to Liverpool’s impressive attack.
He will wear the No.23 shirt at Anfield, recently vacated by Emre Can.
“I’m very happy to be here,” Shaqiri told Liverpoolfc.com. “It’s a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach.
“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. That’s what I’m here for.”
Shaqiri is the third signing of the summer so far, joining midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho.