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Jurgen Klopp reveals exactly why he signed Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri - and why it’s a ‘no-brainer’

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Liverpool officially completed a deal for Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri on Friday evening.

Stoke's relegation meant the 26-year-old had a £13.5m release clause that the Reds officially met once he'd completed a medical.

He becomes Liverpool's third signing of the summer after Fabinho moved from AS Monaco and Naby Keita completed his long-awaited transfer from RB Leipzig.

Shaqiri was originally wanted at Anfield in 2014 when he was at Bayern Munich, admitting in a 2016 interview exactly how close he was.

“I wanted to leave that summer and had offers from Liverpool and Atletico,” he said. “Brendan Rodgers called me several times before the World Cup, but Bayern forbid me to leave.”

He eventually left for Internazionale six months later before joining Stoke City in August 2015.

Now, however, he's finally with Liverpool - and Jurgen Klopp knows exactly why he's an ideal signing for his team.

“I think the English phrase to explain the decision to sign Xherdan is a ‘no-brainer’," Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. "When someone like him becomes available in this way you have to react if you are smart and we have.

“He has speed and ability, has the right amount of arrogance on the football pitch, real bravery to want the ball and influence things - to play for us these are mandatory requirements.

“We are the perfect move for him in this moment as well I think, because he needs to push himself and challenge himself and our environment encourages that.

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"We will want him to express himself but also learn and improve the areas of his game where he can still make progression.

“Finally, Xherdan the person will fit in perfectly at Liverpool I believe. He has personality and drive - he is someone who will feed off the positive emotion of our crowd.

"He joins a dressing room of really good lads and I know they will welcome him with open arms and help him settle and integrate quickly.”

If anyone is still on the fence about this signing, and there were certainly some, Klopp has surely put those doubts to rest.

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Naby Keita
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