Mike Pejic comments on Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool speculation

General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on February 24, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Liverpool are reportedly close to signing Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke.

Shaqiri Xherdan of Switzerland (R) and Yuto Nagatomo compete for the ball during the international friendly match between Switzerland and Japan at the Stadium Cornaredo on June 8, 2018 in...

Former Stoke City and Everton left-back Mike Pejic has told The Stoke Sentinel that it will be a test of character for Xherdan Shaqiri at Liverpool.

As reported by The Guardian, Shaqiri is leaving Championship club Stoke for Premier League side Liverpool.

It has been reported that the Reds have agreed a £13 million feel with Stoke over the signing of the Switzerland international winger.

The 26-year-old has reportedly agreed personal terms with Liverpool and will move to Anfield after passing a medical.

Former Stoke left-back Pejic has given his take on Shaqiri’s reportedly imminent switch from the Potters to Liverpool.

Pejic told The Stoke Sentinel about Shaqiri: “Good luck to him. He’s going to have to work hard off the ball but having better players around him might help – and he’ll have a manager in Jurgen Klopp who looks after his players but demands a lot in return.

“Shaqiri might be used to affect games as a sub in the final 20 minutes or just in certain games and he’ll always have to deliver a performance which is seven, eight or nine out of 10.

He’ll have to get used to that and it will be a test of character but it might suit him. He’s creative when he wants to be.”

Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland is challenged by Ludwig Augustinsson of Sweden during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Sweden and Switzerlandat Saint Petersburg...

New challenge

Liverpool have a well-settled starting lineup, and Shaqiri is going to find it hard to establish himself in Jurgen Klopp’s first team.

It is very likely that the former Bayern Munich winger will have to start the season as a substitute, but perhaps as the 2018-19 campaign progresses, he will be able to make himself key figure in the team.

Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland celebrates following his sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018...

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