Liverpool’s Switzerland forward is feeling optimistic and says his new club can compete with Bayern, Real Madrid and Barcelona
There were only 10 days between Xherdan Shaqiri suffering World Cup elimination with Switzerland and him interrupting a well-earned break to sign for Liverpool. He is clearly eager to get started, along with everyone else at Anfield. “We can have a deserved long holiday next year when there is no tournament,” he predicts. “This is the perfect time to kick on and to be very successful.”
Shaqiri is three pre-season substitute appearances into his Liverpool career but already in tune with the optimism surrounding Jürgen Klopp’s team going into Sunday afternoon’s opener against West Ham. He is in tune with his new teammates, too, on the evidence of impressive cameos against Manchester United, Napoli and Torino. Early days, but the variety and quality the 26-year-old brought to Liverpool’s attack in the friendlies demonstrated why Klopp called it a “no-brainer” to activate the £13m release clause in his Stoke contract last month.