London - Liverpool
have signed Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City,
the English Premier League giants announced on Friday.
The Reds said he had signed "a long-term contract", with British
media reports saying Shaqiri had arrived at Anfield in a five-year deal
for £13 million.
The 26-year-old winger's move follows Stoke's relegation from the Premier League.
"I'm very happy to be here. It's a huge club with big history, big
players and a fantastic coach (Jurgen Klopp)," Shaqiri told
"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, who was born in Kosovo but moved to Switzerland as a child,
has just returned from the World Cup in Russia where his country were
eliminated in the last 16 by Sweden.
He sparked controversy by celebrating his goal in the 2-1 win over
Serbia in the group stage by making a gesture with his hands to
represent the two-headed eagle of the Albanian flag with which many
FIFA, which bans political symbols at stadiums, fined him and
team-mates Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner for the goal celebration
but they all avoided two-match suspensions.
Shaqiri is Liverpool's second major acquisition of the summer after Brazilian midfielder Fabinho joined from Monaco.
The Champions League finalists have also strengthened their midfield
with the pre-arranged arrival of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.