In an unexpected twist, Liverpool just sold one of their top players to Olympique Lyon for €11 million. He will play against Leo Messi.
With Leo Messi coming to Ligue 1, one of Liverpool’s top players decided to make a move to a direct competitor. The Reds just announced that after three seasons, Xherdan Shaqiri decided to end his time as a Liverpool player. His destination is Olympique Lyon, which is a direct title contender to PSG. After paying €11 million, the French squad finally found an ideal baller who can safely replace the hole that Memphis Depay left.
Shaqiri is widely recognized as one of the most talented players of his generation in Switzerland. He was an important part of the Reds’ Champions League and a historic Premier League title. When he arrived from Stoke City in 2018, he came to reinforce an already great squad that went on to win these titles. The English club paid tribute to Shaqiri with a long farewell article where they highlighted his best moments as a Liverpool player.
Liverpool honors Shaqiri’s career.
Through the club’s official website, this is what they wrote on his farewell: “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.”