Alex Rogers explains why Xherdan Shaqiri will turn out to be a bargain after his £13,5million move from Stoke City to Liverpool earlier this summer.
Who here likes leg day at the gym? Some people like it, most people HATE it but if there’s anyone I know that loves leg day it’s our mate, Xherdan Shaqiri.
As well as donning the crown as the calf king, Shaqiri may just also be the biggest bargain of this transfer window in the Premier League. Really, who else is going to score a bicycle kick against Manchester United on their debut for a measly £13.5m in today’s market?
Well, Shaqiri, apparently!
When we signed Shaqiri just a few short weeks ago, most people, if not everyone thought that it was a great piece of business to add a bit of squad depth to the team but not many considered that he would be a starter.
Fast forward and there’s definitely more than a few rumbles going around calling for the Swiss attacker to become a starter.
The way he’s just slotted into our play style is quite frankly nuts. It’s like he was born to play under Klopp. The misconception that he’s a lazy player should never be uttered again. The man just doesn’t stop! I actually heard that he’s still running about and the Torino game ended hours ago!
This pre-season we’ve seen Shaqiri deployed in a variety of different positions, playing on both wings and as a number 10. Now, if I remember correctly, we wouldn’t say no to a talented no.10, would we? His versatility alone makes him an excellent player for us specifically as we lack quality depth on the wings and attacking midfielders.
Also, let’s not forget, Shaqiri is a born and bred winner! The lad’s won an impressive amount of titles winning the Swiss Super League three times, the Bundesliga twice, a Champions League and two DFB Pokal cups as well as many others. This guy oozes a winning mentality and quite frankly he was wasted at Stoke.
Now let’s hypothesise for a second. Would a midfield of Fabinho, Keïta and Shaqiri work behind our front three and would it be considered a terrifying prospect for our opponents to come up against? Yes, I think it would.
What’s really impressed me about our new Swiss man is his eye for a pass. Before we snagged his signature I didn’t really associate good passing with Shaqiri. Well, this pre-season I’m glad to say that I’ve thoroughly changed my mind.
This guy has an excellent passing range and killer vision. His assist last night for Daniel Sturridge against Torino was exquisite and it really gives Klopp something to think about when picking his line up for West Ham on Sunday.
Shaqiri for £13.5million was a n0-brainer and it can’t be knocked. Most teams in the world would’ve snatched at the chance to sign him for such a small fee but thankfully we managed to get our noses in first.
Also, the myth that Shaqiri is “fat” has most definitely been disproven. If he’s fat then I want to be fat too!
Killer left foot. Incredible athletic ability. Quality passing range. Massive calves. Xherdan Shaqiri.