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Liverpool sign Swiss winger Shaqiri

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have signed international from Stoke City, the giants announced Friday.

The Reds said he had signed "a long-term contract", with British saying Shaqiri had arrived at Anfield in a five-year deal for ?13 million ($17 million, 15 million euros).

The 26-year-old winger's move follows Stoke's relegation from the

"I'm very happy to be here. It's a huge club with big history, big players and a (Jurgen Klopp)," Shaqiri told

"As a you always want to be on the biggest stage in A few years ago I wanted to come too, but it didn't happen. I'm really happy that now I'm finally here.

"I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles. That's what I'm here for."

Shaqiri, who was born in but moved to as a child, has just returned from in where his country were eliminated in the last 16 by

He sparked controversy by celebrating his goal in the 2-1 win over in the group stage by making a gesture with his hands to represent the two-headed eagle of the Albanian flag with which many Kosovars identify.

FIFA, which bans political symbols at stadiums, fined him and teammates and for the goal celebration but they all avoided two-match suspensions.

Shaqiri is Liverpool's second major acquisition of the summer after Brazilian joined from

finalists have also strengthened their midfield with the pre-arranged arrival of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 15:50 IST