Jurgen Klopp believes Xherdan Shaqiri has proven a lot of doubters wrong after his fine start to life at Liverpool.
The German tactician acknowledges a certain level of scepticism in England over cheap signings, with Shaqiri arriving on the cheap from relegated Stoke City.
The Switzerland international struggled with consistency on occasion at Stoke, though who wouldn’t in a side like that? And he’s often shown moments of real class too that have gone under the radar.
An ideal squad player behind our first choice front three of Mo Salah, Bobby Firmino and Sadio Mane, this looked a very sensible signing for a number of reasons, and it’s working out that way.
Klopp is clearly pleased with how the 26-year-old is settling in at Anfield, saying that he’s proven a lot of people wrong in England where price tags seem to dictate how much hype a player generates these days.
“I don’t think German football culture would tolerate transfers of 150 million Euros. They love nothing more than a free transfer,” the boss told SPORT1, as translated by the Echo.
“The view in England is different. If a player costs nothing there is a suspicion he must be useless.
“For example, there was a lot of questioning (in England) around our interest in Xherdan Shaqiri.
“We paid £13million for him after he got relegated with Stoke. But he’s a fantastic player and now everyone at the club loves him. In comparison to Germany, it’s really different.”