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Charlie Adam's honest comments about Liverpool signing Xherdan Shaqiri cause a stir

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Of their four summer signings - if you include goalkeeper Alisson Becker in that list - Liverpool fans are probably least excited about the prospect of Xherdan Shaqiri playing for them.

The Switzerland international, who joined the Reds in a £13 million deal from relegated Stoke City last week, is certainly a gifted attacking midfielder - but inconsistency has always been his biggest problem.

Shaqiri, who turns 27 in October, was accused by his critics of going missing when Stoke needed him most at the end of last season.

Gary Neville called Shaqiri “unprofessional” during this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia, while the former Manchester United captain’s brother Phil labelled the midfielder a “disgrace” days later.

But Jurgen Klopp clearly feels this is a player with the ability to make a difference for his hard-working team at Anfield over the coming seasons.

The Liverpool boss called the deal a “no-brainer” because of the relatively small fee involved and firmly believes the Swiss star will improve his squad.

However, it’s difficult to imagine that Shaqiri will be one of the first names on Klopp’s teamsheet due to the stiff competition for first-team places.

Charlie Adam reveals his honest opinion about Shaqiri

Liverpool fans might be more concerned about Shaqiri’s arrival after hearing what the midfielder’s ex-Stoke teammate Charlie Adam said on live radio about him on Thursday morning.

Adam, the one-time Red who spent three years playing alongside Shaqiri at the bet365 Stadium, has accused the Liverpool new boy of getting away with murder last season.

Adam had previously said that ‘so-called big players’ at Stoke didn’t do enough to help prevent the club’s descent to the Championship - and now he’s admitted that Shaqiri was one of those he was referring to.

“Was he one of them? Oh, definitely,” Adam said on talkSPORT.

“When the chips are down you look at your big players, you want your big players to bring magic in one moment in the season, and it times we felt like the so-called big players in the squad never turned up for us and never performed.

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“Yeah, everybody else could help, but for all the plaudits to so-called bigger players we getting from certain members of the management staff last season – they weren’t producing.

“But, listen, he’s gone now. We move on and we look to the future. The future for us at the moment is in the Championship.”

Reaction to Adam's comments on social media

Needless to say, Adam’s brutally honest comments about Shaqiri have sparked quite a reaction social media…

Liverpool fans: are you worried Xherdan Shaqiri will be a flop? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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