Xherdan Shaqiri: Nobody expected what Mohamed Salah did a year ago

Kristopher Nichols
July 29, 2018

Shaqiri scored eight goals and registered seven assists in 36 league outings for the Potters during their ill-fated 2017/18 campaign.

The Swiss global met his new team-mates and trained for the first time as a Liverpool player on Wednesday, after completing a £13.5m move to the Reds from Stoke earlier this month.

When pressed on being called a disgrace by Phil Neville, Shaqiri replied with a smile: 'He was a Manchester United player - maybe he doesn't like Liverpool! "I don't know, it could be that".

'Some people like you, some people don't.

'I've played in the Premier League for three years and know what it is about. I have proved I can play in this league. 'I was the top scorer in the team with goals and assists, so I don't have to say any more. For me, it's clear.

"I cut short my holiday to sign for Liverpool because I just wanted to get it done".

"From our perspective, he is someone who makes a big difference to the squad and team, because he can fit in so many positions in our system. I don't want to comment on what is said by people I don't know", he said. Everyone fights for his place, but in the end, we have many games to play and everybody is going to play games.

'Maybe they don't like Liverpool' – Shaqiri dismisses critics after move

While Shaqiri has only just reported to pre-season, the Swiss worldwide is hoping to feature in some way, shape or form when the club take on domestic rivals Manchester United on Saturday night. I've played in Europe and have a lot of experience.

"Finally, Xherdan the person will fit in perfectly at Liverpool I believe".

"Because sitting on the bench he offers exactly that as well, that's what you need: to play football between the lines".

"Everybody knows that a few years ago I wanted to come here but for some reasons it didn't work out". You can see with the transfers that we want to go forward.

Gary and Phil Neville had some harsh words for the ex-Stoke City player who has since joined Liverpool.

"I have seen many fans and they are really happy that I'm here". Of course I was disappointed after.

The new Reds No.23 arrived in America ahead of his teammates' journey from Charlotte and found local supporters ready to welcome him.

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