Jamie Carragher sends Xherdan Shaqiri a message after he takes No.23 shirt at Liverpool

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Liverpool announced their third signing of the summer on Friday night with the arrival of Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City.

Jurgen Klopp triggered the £13 million release clause for the 26-year-old after the Potters were relegated from the Premier League last season.

Despite playing in a struggling Stoke side, Shaqiri was the club’s top goalscorer with eight goals and he will bring some much-needed depth to Liverpool’s frontline.

After officially being announced as Liverpool’s next arrival following Naby Keita and Fabinho, Shaqiri spoke of his joy at signing for a “huge club.”

"As a player you always want to be on the biggest stage in football," he said.

"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.

"It's a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach. So I'm really glad and happy to be here."

Shaqiri has been handed the number 23 shirt - a shirt that used to be worn by club legend Jamie Carragher.

And after seeing Shaqiri don his old shirt number, Carragher had a little message for Liverpool’s latest recruit.

Carragher wrote: “Score as many as me in the 23 & you’ll be a bargain. Look after it Shaq.”

So Shaqiri just needs to score five goals for Liverpool to be considered a bargain. Seems pretty easy.


One man that already thinks it’s a bargain is Klopp.

He described the £13 million purchase of Shaqiri as a ‘no-brainer.’

"I think the English phrase to explain the decision to sign Xherdan is a 'no-brainer,'" Klopp said.

"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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