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Liverpool face Lazio competition for Stoke attacker Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool face Lazio competition for Stoke attacker Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool are close to completing a deal to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City, with the Swiss global set to have a medical today.

Liverpool said the 26-year-old player had signed "a long-term contract", but did not disclose the transfer fee.

Fresh from his World Cup campaign with Switzerland, in which he scored a famous, politically-charged late victor against Serbia, Shaqiri has officially joined Liverpool.

In June, he was reported as saying he wanted to leave Stoke and sign for a Premier League club.

Shaqiri started his medical at Liverpool on Friday morning after an agreement was reached with Stoke on Thursday, with discussions having started earlier this week.

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Midfielders Fabinho and Naby Keita have already become Liverpool players this summer, but manager Jurgen Klopp has been on the hunt for a more creative, direct replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

"He has speed and ability, has the right amount of arrogance on the football pitch, real bravery to want the ball and influence things". He had an unbelievable season last year and I hope he can do it this year too. I was always an admirer of his so I'm happy to reunite with him.

"I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles". When someone like him becomes available in this way you have to react if you are smart - and we have, ' Klopp told the club website.

"I know the coach from Germany, when he was at Dortmund".

He scored 15 times in 92 appearances for Stoke following his move from Inter Milan in 2015.