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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%

  • Total voters
    80
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DanLFC

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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.
Agree think Fekir is still the most likely big money arrival, would be a bit concerned if Ward is our #1 good lad who works had by all accounts but untested at the top level . Pope feels a bit the same but at least has 1 full season under his belt.

Stats may look similar but how the opposition set up when playing against Stoke would be different; Mane doesn't enjoy as much space.

Underwhelmed but looks to be happening; wouldn't be that bothered if we are still looking for a top quality attacker.
Shaqiri was their focal point though so he would have been targeted by opposition teams knowing if they kept him quiet Stoke would struggle. He should actually get more space with us as the defenders will have Bobby and Mo and Mane to worry about as well Shaqiri.

Stoke scored 35 goals total for the season and Shaqiri was involved in 15 of those 35.
 

richieh10

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Just out of interest where are all these “his medical is today” “he will sign at 2pm” comments coming from.

Just guesses or more concrete
 



GaryBarlow99

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Just out of interest where are all these “his medical is today” “he will sign at 2pm” comments coming from.

Just guesses or more concrete
All the reliable journos are saying he is having his medical today and he will be announced before the weekend.
 

Kopstar

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Just out of interest where are all these “his medical is today” “he will sign at 2pm” comments coming from.

Just guesses or more concrete
Fuck me, nobody wants to play along then, huh?

All of the reliable journos are reporting he's having/had his medical today (see the twitter thread for full details)...Pearce, Joyce, Reddy all reporting it saying that announcement will follow.
 

GaryBarlow99

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Fuck me, nobody wants to play along then, huh?

All of the reliable journos are reporting he's having/had his medical today (see the twitter thread for full details)...Pearce, Joyce, Reddy all reporting it saying that announcement will follow.
5pm announcement ;)
 

Zinedine Biscan

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Fuck me, nobody wants to play along then, huh?

All of the reliable journos are reporting he's having/had his medical today (see the twitter thread for full details)...Pearce, Joyce, Reddy all reporting it saying that announcement will follow.
*raises a tentative hand*

I did.
 

richieh10

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Fuck me, nobody wants to play along then, huh?

All of the reliable journos are reporting he's having/had his medical today (see the twitter thread for full details)...Pearce, Joyce, Reddy all reporting it saying that announcement will follow.
Like they did with Fekir you mean :tongue:

I’ll wait until I seen the Alpine Messi in full kit having a kick about at Melwood cheers Chaps...

Second thoughts fuck it I’ll go announcement by 6pm
 



hoosierred

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Fuck me, nobody wants to play along then, huh?

All of the reliable journos are reporting he's having/had his medical today (see the twitter thread for full details)...Pearce, Joyce, Reddy all reporting it saying that announcement will follow.
I was just disappointed that you didn’t double down on your random guess and insist the announcement had happen, but the press was being slow in reporting it
 

SBYM

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Klopp will have laid out what is expected of him and Klopp seems convinced,that'll do for me.
Bingo.

I still remember the words of wisdom JK passed on to me when I joined TIA. He was very clear about his expectations and I hope I haven't let him down.
 



tobfon

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Also doesn't look as happy as he would after signing for lfc of course. Then take a look at the web address, heh.
 

Colorado Red

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My one and pretty much only worry on this signing is the issue of attitude and mindset, but since Klopp and LFC have highlighted this area as a crucial box to check on any and all incoming signings, I’ll trust that they’re reassured that Shaq is coming in to work his socks off.

As to some of the criticisms of the player:

His stats for Bayern, which are posted somewhere back in the stream, really weren’t that bad in terms of goals and assists per minutes played. Not quite as much a “flop” there as I’d thought.

The “fat and lazy” tag seems to be, well, lazy, just based on how he looks. While he probably wouldn’t win a foot race with either of Mane or Salah, he’s not slow, and after watching more of his highlight vids, actually has a pretty good initial burst of pace to get past defenders.

I think he’ll thrive being back on a winning team and having better players surrounding him once again.

I think he’s certainly got more in his locker than any of our current crop of “attacking subs” in terms of current overall quality, with the possible exception of Sturridge, who I don’t expect to be here, or be healthy. Don’t think any of Solanke, Origi, Ings, etc, currently strike any fear into defences. Too early to tell on Wilson and Brewster, though there are high hopes for each. Lallana is a quality player, but he just doesn’t score that much, and he’s not much of a long range shooter or free kick specialist, and if you’re worried about Shaqiri’s speed, well, I do think he’d easily take Lallana in a sprint.

He’s a left footed attacker who likes to play on the right or to come centrally. So, he can spell Salah when needed, or fill in for games when Salah might be played as the starting striker.

Also, he’s got a good long-range shot, and can shoot with his right better than I’d thought, and has a decent amount of cleverness and pass on him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he could occasionally fill the #10 spot, though I certainly hope we still get in another player, either Fekir or other, more dedicated to that spot.
 









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