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Liverpool attacker Shaqiri: Players want to play for very friendly Klopp

Xherdan Shaqiri admits the presence of Jurgen Klopp was a big influence on his decision to move to Liverpool.

The Switzerland international sealed a switch to the Reds from Stoke City in July after his most productive season of three in the Premier League to that point, including eight goals in 2017-18.

Behind the scenes, he is settling well – not least because of the identity of the manager.

“He's a very good coach, but for me the character he has is also important. He has a very nice character, you can joke with him, but of course you have to be focused on the pitch and give everything," says Shaqiri in the latest edition of the official Liverpool FC magazine.

“You can see the relationship he has with the players all the time, he's very friendly in speaking with them, and that was important for me in coming here and working with him.

“I knew him from Germany when I was at Bayern and he was manager of Dortmund. He wanted me to come to Liverpool and I wanted to work with him so I am very happy to reunite with him."

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