Comparing Shaqiri, Salah and Mane
Liverpool Echo's Paul Gorst uses the stats to prove the signing of Shaqiri would be good for Liverpool
"Shaqiri would offer some much-needed depth to the wide areas and would come with 84 games worth of Premier League experience, having joined the Potters from Inter in 2015. The former Bayern Munich winger has a reported buyout clause of around £13.5million with the relegated Stoke, meaning a deal for the 26-year-old could prove to be a shrewd piece of business. But just what would Liverpool be getting for the relatively cut-price fee?
"Shaqiri netted eight goals last season, which was his best return of the three years he spent at the bet365 Stadium in the top flight. Should he have scored that amount for the Reds last season, he would have finished the campaign as the Reds' fourth top scorer in the Premier League below Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, who blasted in a remarkable 91 between them in all competitions. The Swiss also claimed seven assists to comfortably mark him out as the Potters' most effective attacking weapon.
"The predominantly left-footed Shaqiri had as many as 69 shots last term, with a shooting accuracy of 46 per cent for a side who struggled to carve out clear-cut chances throughout most a campaign that saw them relegated. Opta stats record Shaqiri as having created as many as 77 chances for a side that scored 35 times with three 'big chances' of his own missed.
"He is credited with creating 14 'big chances' for Stoke, which appears all the more impressive when you consider Sadio Mane is noted as making just nine for Liverpool alongside Mohamed Salah's 12. Those numbers would perhaps see his assists output rise should he make the switch to Klopp's free-scoring Reds this summer."