Liverpool have confirmed that their third senior recruit of the summer transfer window with Xherdan Shaqiri arriving from Stoke City. The 26-year-old has penned a five-year deal with the Merseyside giants after they decided to trigger the relegation break clause written into his Potters contract.
The Switzerland international is presently on a vacation after his exploits for his national team at the World Cup but manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that the attacker would be reporting for pre-season duty during the middle phase of their United States tour.
Aside from Shaqiri, the likes of Fabinho and Naby Keita have joined the Reds during the ongoing transfer window and the midfield pair have already been actively participating in the opening stages of their pre-season.
The Reds have been taking calculated measures to bolster their squad during the summer and the next few weeks could give a fair reflection whether they are further plans to bolster the squad ahead of next season.
The goalkeeping department has particularly been a cause for concern with Loris Karius dropping another clanger during the recent 3-2 friendly win over Tranmere Rovers but the Reds have yet to make a formal approach for a new shot-stopper.
AS Roma’s Alisson Becker has regularly been highlighted as a prime target for the Reds this summer, but so far, the club have not shown to acquire his services from the Giallorossi.
Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see whether the Reds could revive their interest in signing Lyon captain Nabil Fekir after their proposed move was scuppered prior to the World Cup.
Back then, the Frenchman had seemingly been on the verge of joining the Reds but the move was cancelled at the final hurdle after the Merseyside giants tried to re-negotiate the fee which Lyon were not pleased about.
Fekir had been earmarked as the perfect replacement for the departed Philippe Coutinho in the club’s ranks but the Reds were reluctant to pay the initially agreed £53m sum amid the previous injury concerns over his right knee.