Xherdan Shaqiri (LW/RW) Stoke

What will Shaqiri be leaning on?

  • Disillusioned looking Harry Wilson

    Votes: 10 12.5%
  • Mavis has been pledging the contract table, so that.

    Votes: 4 5.0%
  • Collective ‘Meh’.

    Votes: 5 6.3%
  • HIYH’s excited stiffy.

    Votes: 7 8.8%
  • Melwood railings, not the high ones.

    Votes: 5 6.3%
  • There will be no lean - the lad is basically a Weebil.

    Votes: 11 13.8%
  • Klopp’s ankle.

    Votes: 7 8.8%
  • All the promo from the Fekir deal, hastily repurposed.

    Votes: 5 6.3%
  • Gigantic (or not?) bottle of slim fast.

    Votes: 2 2.5%
  • Tearful Neil Atkinson.

    Votes: 2 2.5%
  • A treadmill, vomiting.

    Votes: 7 8.8%
  • Emre’s leftover hair gel.

    Votes: 15 18.8%

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The deal I think it's most like is Maxi Rodriguez. Unspectacular deal addressing a specific need for someone who used to be a "next big thing" but never quite got there. Someone who is still capable of the exceptional but doesn't quite pull it all together. A bargain at the price but maybe still worth double the fee paid. Will look like a decent, astute buy for a squad filler but could potentially be seen as a steal.
 

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Not sure that the Balotelli comparison is all that fair or accurate. Shaqiri strikes me a someone who gives a shit. Perhaps in his latter Stoke days he didn't seem that way, but I put that down things going to pot there and him realizing what a mistake he'd made in going there. Think he'll turn out to be an excellent signing and may start more games than people are expecting right now.
 

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Worse case for this deal is that he's an excellent back up option,best case is he will,under Klopp, be real competition for the front 3.
I have a feeling he'll be closer to the latter and prove to be a steal at the price.Really looking forward to him joining.
 

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As a deal it makes all the sense in the world but I can't say that I am thrilled for this. Shaqiri will probably do well under Klopp but still I'd prefer someone else. There is always an opportunity cost associated with any transfer, I just hope that we won't be looking at a bargain someone else got in a few months time saying we should have got him instead.

Anyway this looks like a formality now, so I'll shut up and hope that he'll prove me wrong.
 

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Not sure that the Balotelli comparison is all that fair or accurate. Shaqiri strikes me a someone who gives a shit. Perhaps in his latter Stoke days he didn't seem that way, but I put that down things going to pot there and him realizing what a mistake he'd made in going there. Think he'll turn out to be an excellent signing and may start more games than people are expecting right now.
My view on Balotelli is that he is just a broken person, but if anyone could tap into his potential they would have a worldclass player on their hands. When he broke through at Inter he was unplayable, he really had the world at his feet.. Immaturity and the racism in Italy seemed to just kill his love for the game, which is a huge shame he wasn't a vindictive or nasty person, just didn't give a shit.

As you say Shaqiri is nothing like that.
 

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So I went and watched his highlight videos. He seems to have a decent accuracy on his shot. But he doesn't pop off the screen with the wow factor. His speed appears very average. But he seems a crafty player with the ball with pretty good vision of the field.

Sometimes you just need solid players when you are talking about backups. If he can do that and really run with Klopp's system he could become a decent contributor to winning efforts.
 

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So I went and watched his highlight videos. He seems to have a decent accuracy on his shot. But he doesn't pop off the screen with the wow factor. His speed appears very average. But he seems a crafty player with the ball with pretty good vision of the field.

Sometimes you just need solid players when you are talking about backups. If he can do that and really run with Klopp's system he could become a decent contributor to winning efforts.
And surely that is what we need. During the CL final we had no one on the bench that made you think they can come on and change the game.
 

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Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. We have a great team spirit, so in order to Fock it up let’s sign the most arrogant, self centred, selfish, player available especially as he’s cheap.
This will end in tears.
Apart from the physical abilities, a big part of Liverpool's scouting is the assessment of the players personality. I doubt we would sign a selfish player, that is lazy, fat, selfish, arrogant and what not.
 

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Medical today apparently, this one looks nearly done.

I’m generally alright with this. He’ll be a good option and provide cover to the front three. Won’t break the bank and leaves the cash for other positions.

I don’t really understand the complaints. Lee Bowyer. Now there was a player I was gutted we nearly signed. Thank god that broke down at the last minute.
 

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I don't think he's fat. His height doesn't bother me. I don't know the guy so can't speak as to his arrogance or ego.

But for me our wing play is about obscene pace and graft, and I don't think he provides either.

But my main hope is that this doesn't obstruct Wilson's development, and Ojo too. If that doesn't occur then my main objections melt away. My main concern is that the former is loaned once again and his LFC career fizzles out through lack of opportunities. He turns 22 this coming season, at some point he's going to viewed as too old to break into the team.
 

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I'm just going to put this out there and channel my inner Pearce, but its not out of the realms of possibility that Shaqiri will be our last attacking purchase this summer. This is going to sound really stupid but was watching our latest training session and the guys were playing that one touch possession training drill (don't know if it has a name), and they stopped it to go in depth on what pass Lallana should have played. I thought their exercise was just to get warmed up and get some time with the ball before a proper kickaround but clearly not. It got me thinking that they were spending a lot of time on Lallana making the correct pass, and let's not forget Lallana has pretty bloody good decision making as it is. So yes you heard me. I'm calling our transfer business on the back of 30 seconds of what was probably a random talk in yesterday's training session...:-)

I can actually see Lallana starting the season. He has played probably the most minutes preseason so far, imo to try and test his body and make sure it won't break down, in which case we really would need to go back in the market. Shaqiri could be the Fekir replacement, if he believes that we will have the necessary cover at cf. Let's not forget we currently have Origi, Studge, Ings, Brewster on the books. Sure I think 2 are gone. But wouldn't it be a dream scenario Brewster making the cut as a first team player on the back of a successful season for us?

Lallana still has the goods as well. The CL final is probably very fresh in people's minds still, Lallana playing out of position in what was a very deflated team following Salah's injury. Him playing in the midfield is a completely different scenario..

I'm not saying it will definitely happen, but I'm keeping my mind open to the possibility, and just trying to cling to the positives if it does happen.
 

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I'm just going to put this out there and channel my inner Pearce, but its not out of the realms of possibility that Shaqiri will be our last attacking purchase this summer. This is going to sound really stupid but was watching our latest training session and the guys were playing that one touch possession training drill (don't know if it has a name), and they stopped it to go in depth on what pass Lallana should have played. I thought their exercise was just to get warmed up and get some time with the ball before a proper kickaround but clearly not. It got me thinking that they were spending a lot of time on Lallana making the correct pass, and let's not forget Lallana has pretty bloody good decision making as it is. So yes you heard me. I'm calling our transfer business on the back of 30 seconds of what was probably a random talk in yesterday's training session...:-)

I can actually see Lallana starting the season. He has played probably the most minutes preseason so far, imo to try and test his body and make sure it won't break down, in which case we really would need to go back in the market. Shaqiri could be the Fekir replacement, if he believes that we will have the necessary cover at cf. Let's not forget we currently have Origi, Studge, Ings, Brewster on the books. Sure I think 2 are gone. But wouldn't it be a dream scenario Brewster making the cut as a first team player on the back of a successful season for us?

Lallana still has the goods as well. The CL final is probably very fresh in people's minds still, Lallana playing out of position in what was a very deflated team following Salah's injury. Him playing in the midfield is a completely different scenario..

I'm not saying it will definitely happen, but I'm keeping my mind open to the possibility, and just trying to cling to the positives if it does happen.
May possibly be reading a bit too much into one training session there mate.

Tbh i wouldnt be surprised if Shaqiri is our last attacking signing. Klopp and co have shown they wont waver on targets so if they have moved on from Fekir then we may not see the alternative till the winter or even next summer window.

Personally i would prefer we threw the kitchen sink at a GK now even if it means no more attacking players.

Fekir and a GK like Alisson or Oblak would be dreamland.
 

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I don't think he's fat. His height doesn't bother me. I don't know the guy so can't speak as to his arrogance or ego.

But for me our wing play is about obscene pace and graft, and I don't think he provides either.

But my main hope is that this doesn't obstruct Wilson's development, and Ojo too. If that doesn't occur then my main objections melt away. My main concern is that the former is loaned once again and his LFC career fizzles out through lack of opportunities. He turns 22 this coming season, at some point he's going to viewed as too old to break into the team.

Both these lads are 21,if they can't get time on the pitch then it's more down to not being good enough/trusted enough rather than a new player being brought in and obstructing their development.They're old enough to fight it out with other players for starting position,show what they can do in training and make the most of opportunities when given.
 

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May possibly be reading a bit too much into one training session there mate.

Tbh i wouldnt be surprised if Shaqiri is our last attacking signing. Klopp and co have shown they wont waver on targets so if they have moved on from Fekir then we may not see the alternative till the winter or even next summer window.

Personally i would prefer we threw the kitchen sink at a GK now even if it means no more attacking players.

Fekir and a GK like Alisson or Oblak would be dreamland.
I don't think we'll get a top class keeper. We may sign a keeper if Mignolet moves on. Karious may be moved out too leaving Ward as number 1 we may go for Pope to compete with Ward

The saved money might be used to bring in another attacking player. Shaqiri won't be the answer on his own.
 

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Well, at least we know he CAN perform on a cold rainy Monday night at the Brittania. It’s too bad Stoke got regulated.

God I can’t wait until the forums lose their shit when he does one of those bicycle kicks...who cares if it comes in the FA Cup against Fulham.
 
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Atlast we have signed the "Cleaver Boss" of Withcher 3..This guy is quite powerful, quick, dead ball specialist and has a powerful shot in him..He would be an instant hit under Klopp just like Ox at 1/3rd the price..
 

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Underwhelming. We should be aiming higher here. Not sure he's a viable alternative for Mane and or Salah when they're out. Not much of a goalscorer either.

Perhaps though I won't look too closely on this deal alone but more the wider context on the window as a whole. If we sign Fekir or someone equally as good plus a top centre back and or goalkeeper, then that might be ok.
 
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