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Shaqiri memorably scored a double in a 3-1 victory over Manchester United in December 2018 ( Image: REUTERS)

Xherdan Shaqiri completes £9.5m transfer to Lyon after three years at Liverpool

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Xherdan Shaqiri has joined Lyon on a permanent transfer for a fee of £9.5million after three years on Liverpool’s books.

The winger, 29, joined the Reds from Stoke City for £13.5million in July 2018 and went on to win the Champions League and Premier League while at Anfield.

Shaqiri settled for a bit-part role under Jurgen Klopp but often produced valuable contributions from the bench and was a dependable performer when one of Liverpool’s established front three were injured.

The emergence of Harvey Elliott was expected to further limited his game time, with the 18-year-old pushing for first-team minutes after an excellent loan spell at Blackburn Rovers last season.

Liverpool confirmed Shaqiri’s departure with a statement on their website which reads: “Xherdan Shaqiri has today completed a permanent transfer to Lyon after three years with Liverpool.

“The Switzerland international finalised a switch that will see him embark on a new chapter in his career with the Ligue 1 club.

“He departs the Reds with winner’s medals in the Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup, having scored eight goals in his 63 appearances under Jurgen Klopp.

“Shaqiri joined Liverpool from Stoke City in the summer of 2018 and quickly endeared himself to Reds fans with a match-winning Kop-end brace as a substitute against Manchester United at Anfield.

“Playing in a variety of attacking positions, he featured on 30 occasions during a debut campaign in which Klopp’s side tussled with Manchester City for the Premier League title, losing just one game.

“The No.23 was in the starting line-up for the historic 4-0 defeat of Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final second leg, providing an outstanding assist for the third goal of the night, and was then on the bench as the trophy was won in Madrid.

“Injury restricted Shaqiri’s availability in the subsequent 2019-20 season, though he was involved in both matches at the Club World Cup, which the Reds lifted for the first time in their history.

“And he was part of the squad that emphatically ended Liverpool’s 30-year wait for the title in the same term, finishing on 99 points, 18 clear at the summit.

“Shaqiri clocked up 22 appearances in what would prove his final season at Anfield – his last Reds goal coming via a trademark piece of technique from a free-kick at Lincoln City – before helping Switzerland reach the quarter-finals at Euro 2020.

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