Liverpool have completed the £13.75 million signing of Xherdan Shaqiri and he’s set to have a big impact at Anfield.
Signed primarily as a back-up to the Reds’ lethal front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, the Swiss international both endured and enjoyed a mixed 2017/18 campaign.
He was relegated with Stoke City but posted the best attacking numbers of his time in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp described his signing as a “no-brainer”, and here’s some statistics to back that claim up…
He was the leading man at Stoke last season. In a club lacking in quality attacking players, he shone head and shoulders above the rest, topping all of the key categories in the final third.
Twitter: Xherdan Shaqiri in the Premier League for Stoke City 17/18:
Most goals – 8
Most chances created – 75
Most assists… https://t.co/KdY6ORmVfN (@LFCData)
Shaqiri created 14 ‘big chances’ in the top flight last term – more than anyone at Liverpool.
Mohamed Salah created 12; Sadio Mane 9.
In purely chances created terms, the Swiss winger created 75, again more than anyone at Anfield.
His direct goal involvement of 15 (8 goals, 7 assists) was just one behind Chelsea star Eden Hazard too.
Twitter: Eden Hazard was directly involved in 16 goals in the Premier League last season.
Xherdan Shaqiri was directly invo… https://t.co/KNinQ48KZU (@LFCData)
With better attacking players around him at Liverpool, Shaqiri could well outdo these numbers during the 2018/19 season. If we’re to challenge for the Premier League title, we’re going to need him to!