Xherdan Shaqiri believes his experience can prove vital in Liverpool’s pursuit of the Premier League title.
Shaqiri, 26, joined Liverpool from Stoke City for a £13.5m, after the Potters were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season. The 26-year-old spent two-and-a-half years at Bayern Munich and was part of the squad that won two consecutive league and cup doubles.
The nippy forward also won three Swiss league titles with Basel and Shaqiri now wants to add to that trophy haul with the Reds.
“The aim is for the club to win something – that has to be the goal of our team,” Shaqiri told Liverpoolfc.com.
“We have to take every game and try to win it, then close out from your mind the last game you won and think: ‘OK, we go forward now and look to the next game.’ It is like this that you win titles and I hope we are going to do that this year.
“First of all, we want to try to play very good football. But we also know it is not always the case that good football wins, so we need to know how to win games – that’s important – and to be competitive with other teams.
“As a new player I want to show my football. Most of the players know me already from the Premier League and from Bayern and I have a good amount of experience.
“I won many titles with Bayern and I want to try to give this experience to this Liverpool team which is still young and try to help them win something.”
Jurgen Klopp brought in Shaqiri to provide competition to our devastating attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, who scored 91 goals between them last season. We have won all four of their Premier League games this term but Shaqiri has been limited to just two cameo appearances so far.
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However, the diminutive attacker made a case for his selection as Switzerland crushed Iceland 6-0 in the UEFA Nations League. Despite the Swiss ace’s fine show in national colours, it is tough to see him displace his fellow forwards in Klopp’s first-choice XI.