Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri has flown to Merseyside for a medical ahead of his switch to Liverpool.
Championship side Stoke accepted a bid believed to be around £13.5m from Liverpool for one of their most prized assets. That valuation met the player’s release clause stipulated in his contract.
Shaqiri didn’t hide his feelings about leaving the Stoke following their relegation from England’s top flight. Premier League clubs like Spurs, Huddersfield, and Liverpool were interested in his services, but the Reds are in pole position to snap up the pacey winger after agreeing on a deal.
The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan player was crucial for the Swiss national team in their World Cup campaign, netting a late winner against Serbia to send his side through to the round of 16 before eventually bowing out to Sweden.
Shaqiri, 26, joined Stoke City in 2015 from Inter Milan for £12million. He went on to score 15 goals in 84 appearances in all competitions. His addition to the Reds squad will provide much-needed squad depth, and healthy competition for places as Jurgen Klopp sets to mount a serious challenge on all fronts next season.