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Xherdan Shaqiri hailed as Liverpool solution - and one of best signings this summer

Liverpool completed a £13million deal for the Swiss international this summer

Xherdan Shaqiri hailed as Liverpool solution - and one of best signings this summer

Liverpool completed a £13million deal for the Swiss international this summer

10 August 2018 Friday 11:44
Xherdan Shaqiri hailed as Liverpool solution - and one of best signings this summer

Xherdan Shaqiri has been hailed as one of the best signings this summer.

Liverpool completed a £13million deal for the Swiss international after activating a release clause in his contract at relegated Stoke City.

The 26-year-old has already impressed during pre-season with his new club, scoring a spectacular debut goal against Manchester United, and looking a threat in a central role against both Napoli and Torino.

Shaqiri arrived as part of £170million worth of talent alongside Naby Keita, Fabinho and Alisson Becker.

Paul Merson is excited about the Reds' least costly arrival however, despite a window which saw them make 'unbelievable signings'.

Despite that, however, the former Arsenal man believes they will finish second to Manchester City.

He told Sky Sports: "They've made unbelievable signings. Xherdan Shaqiri could be one of the signings of the window, he could be worth £35m now and the season hasn't even started. This team will close the gap.

"Win the Premier League? No, but they can beat Man City in a one-off game. They did it enough times last season, but 25 points is a lot to make up in one season.

"It won't be through a lack of good buys, though, because they are really good buys. Their Achilles heel for me will be against the lesser teams and if they can break them down but I'm all over Liverpool, I think they're the team who will come second.

"Pep Guardiola did all his business early when he came in last year like Jurgen Klopp has done this window. He bought very good full-backs for a lot of money and Klopp has done the same.

"He needed a couple of midfielders, a player who can come in if one of the front three get injured and play with guile because that's their problem - breaking teams down.

"Clubs go there and put 10 behind the ball and you need to break them down and Shaqiri has got that in the locker. Naby Keita runs off the ball so I'm definitely looking forward to watching Liverpool."

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