Liverpool have announced the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City

Sources told ESPN FC that Shaqiri had his heart set on move to Liverpool, for whom he had been a target since 2014.

Jurgen Klopp is keen to draft Shaqiri, 26, into his squad ahead of Liverpool's pre-season tour of the United States towards the end of this month.

His Stoke side suffered relegation to the Championship last season, but he looks likely to remain in the top flight and link up with the Merseyside club.

Liverpool have now confirmed on their official website that Shaqiri has joined the club and the Swiss star expressed his delight after joining a "huge club".

"On his day yes (he would be a good signing) but he couldn't keep his team up", Le Tissier wrote on his personal Twitter account.

At the World Cup, Shaqiri scored a 90th-minute victor to give Switzerland a 2-1 victory over Serbia in the group stage last month.

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We played against each other - me with Bayern Munich - and they were always big games.

"He has speed and ability, has the right amount of arrogance on the football pitch, real bravery to want the ball and influence things".

'Finally, Xherdan the person will fit in perfectly at Liverpool I believe. To play for us these are mandatory requirements. He gives us greater flexibility in how we can use our current players also.

"I know him well from his time in Switzerland and especially Germany - I have been a long-time admirer", added Klopp.

"So I'm really glad and happy to be here". I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles.

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