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Xherdan Shaqiri joins Liverpool from Stoke City

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Liverpool have completed the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City on a five-year deal.

Shaqiri, who joined Stoke from Inter Milan in August 2015 for a club record fee of £12m, was Stoke’s top scorer last season with eight goals as they were relegated from the Premier League.

The 26-year-old will link up with Jurgen Klopp’s squad for their three-game tour of the United States, where they will play in the International Champions Cup against Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Manchester United.

“I’m very happy to be here,” he told the club’s official website. “It’s a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach. So I’m really glad and happy to be here.

“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.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: “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.”

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