Jurgen Klopp’s reaction to Shaqiri’s stunning debut will only excite Liverpool fans more

Debuts don’t come much better than Xherdan’s Shaqiri for Liverpool.

While it’s only pre-season, the Swiss international really left his mark after a £13m move from Stoke City, scoring and assisting in the 4-1 win over Manchester United.

Shaqiri setup Daniel Sturridge to make it 2-1, before executing a stunning bicycle kick late in the day to compile Jose Mourinho’s misery.

Doesn’t get much better than that, does it?

You can watch his personal highlights below.

Shaqiri has even managed to do something that Mohamed Salah hasn’t yet done at Liverpool, but don’t bet against the Egyptian scoring a bicycle kick in 2018/19.

The signing of the Swiss international really split opinion after criticism from high-profile pundits was directed at Shaqiri – namely Gary and Phil Neville.

However, Jurgen Klopp has always taken a very positive stance on the deal and his comments on Shaqiri’s debut after will only excite Liverpool fans further.

“That’s not normal after four days in the club, adapting that well to the style of play,” the Liverpool manager said. “We wanted to help him a little bit with the position so that it’s not too complicated.

“We gave him a lot of freedom, offensively playing natural, plus offering runs in behind, which is what he did especially around the Sturridge goal.

“It was better than I would have expected, to be honest. We played over 90 minutes of really good football on a very difficult pitch for both teams.

“We played simple and quick, kept them moving. That was good. After the Dortmund game [a 3-1 defeat] I didn’t feel really good but I knew I don’t have to make it bigger than it is.

“It’s a pre-season game so if you make mistakes you should lose. Today we don’t make it bigger of course.”

That’s right, Klopp thinks Shaqiri’s quick adjustment is not normal.

He added: “For Shaq, in the moment he signed he wanted to stay immediately at Liverpool and train with us. I think it was a week after he finished the World Cup, so I said: ‘No, no, no. Go’.

“He came back a few days ago and he was really excited. For him it was very good moment in his career, having already had a real experience at Bayern, at Stoke and at Inter.

“Those were important moments in his career and now we have him and he can play together with a few really nice football players.”

That £13m figure could look like even more of a bargain in a few months.