The Reds ace, brought to Anfield just last summer, has found first-team starts hard to come by in his debut season under Jurgen Klopp.

Xherdan Shaqiri has reiterated his desire to stay put at Liverpool following a mixed debut season in which he won the Champions League but featured sporadically for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Switzerland international arrived at Anfield last summer in a reported £12million deal from Stoke City (The Times) but started just 15 games in all competitions according to Transfermarkt.

Nonetheless, Shaqiri did weigh in with numerous contributions when called upon, playing a part in nine Premier League goals and registering two assists from his four Champions League appearances.

The 27-year-old, who was an unused substitute in the Champions League final victory over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on Saturday, has been linked with a move away from Liverpool, with suggesting late last month that he would be in line to be offloaded.

However, Shaqiri has once again spoken of how keen he is to stay, also pointing out that his contract lasts until 2023 and, when joining the Merseyside club, he signed it knowing he would be in line for tough competition for starting places at Anfield.

“I’m at Liverpool FC, the best club in Europe,” Shaqiri is quoted by as saying. “The manager has many good options and has to decide who can play. I knew before my transfer that the competition here is very tough. I have a long-term contract and I definitely will stay.”

Shaqiri’s comments came as music to the ears of some Liverpool supporters, who gave their thoughts on Twitter:

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