Liverpool have been looking to sign Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri this summer and following his stellar performances in the World Cup, you can understand why.
The 26-year-old signed for Stoke City from Inter Milan in 2015 and has gone on to make 84 Premier League appearances for the Potters, scoring 15 goals.
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The diminutive midfielder made a name for himself for his pinpoint passing and cultured finishing, but following Stoke’s relegation to the Championship, it was always likely that he would move to stay at the top level.
Shaqiri has started each of Switzerland’s World Cup games and his country has so far exceeded expectations as they secured qualification to the knockout rounds, including an impressive draw against favourites Brazil.
Shaqiri has been one of Switzerland’s standout players, registering one goal and one assist so far in the tournament.
His influence is shown by his average of two key passes in each World Cup game so far and 2.3 successful dribbles per game.
Liverpool fans will know what to expect from Shaqiri having seen him perform in the Premier League over the past three years, but his performances in the World Cup will have bolstered his reputation and shown that he is ready to make that step up to a top four team.