Stoke City have moved swiftly to sell Xherdan Shaqiri this summer, with the winger linking up with Liverpool on a long-term contract.
Confirmation came last night that Shaqiri was linking up with Liverpool ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, with the 26-year-old ending a three-year association with the Potters.
During his time at Stoke, Shaqiri made 84 Premier League appearances, returning 15 goals, including eight last season.
Shaqiri has now taken to his personal Twitter account to deliver a message to Championship-bound Stoke, thanking them for a wonderful three years, despite the disappointment of last season.
— Xherdan Shaqiri (@XS_11official) July 14, 2018
As expected, Shaqiri’s post received plenty of reaction from Liverpool and Stoke supporters.
Here is how the latter were reacting…
Thank you Shaq, nice to see you heading off with a professional manner. It's been great to see you play in the red and white stripes, all the best for Liverpool! ????????⚪
— ???? Geeby Yu ???? (@GeebyYu) July 14, 2018
I love you thank you so so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
— Harry (@hecairns) July 14, 2018
Best of luck Shaq! Going to miss you. Hope you smash it!
— nutterpotter (@nutterpotterr) July 14, 2018
Thank you for those kind words, which mean so much ! I realise it wasn’t you, but me, which caused the relationship to fail. Hopefully you’ll find happiness again ? No one can take away the good times we enjoyed and I’m not crying because it’s over, but happy that it happened ????
— ROBIN LLEWELYN-LEACH (@ROBANDTHEMOB) July 14, 2018
Good luck Shaq thanks for some great memories ????????????⚪️
— Garry Jackson (@knypersleycity) July 14, 2018
Thanks for the memories, Shaq! ❤️
— Stoke City Social (@stokecitysocial) July 14, 2018
All the best Shaq.
— Joe Thompson (@Joe_Stoke) July 14, 2018
Thanks for some wonderful moments in your time with us Shaq. You will always be welcome at Stoke. Good luck with Liverpool (said through gritted teeth)
— Utch Stokie ⚽️ ???????? ???????? ???? (@UtchStokie) July 14, 2018
There’s no getting away from the fact that last season was disappointing for Stoke, but despite that, Shaqiri isn’t departing on bad terms.
It appears that Stoke’s supporters are more than understanding about the winger’s decision to move on.
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