Why Xherdan Shaqiri chose to leave Liverpool after incredible Euro 2024 achievement

Xherdan Shaqiri enjoyed three seasons at Liverpool from 2018-21
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Xherdan Shaqiri has enjoyed a whirlwind career since leaving Liverpool almost three years ago.

The Reds signed Shaqiri from Stoke City in 2018 and went on to enjoy three seasons of the Switzerland international at Anfield. Shaqiri scored eight goals with nine assists across three appearances for Liverpool and was part of the line-up that famously beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final in 2019.

Shaqiri was eventually sold by Liverpool in a £9.5 million deal with Lyon in 2021. However, his stay with the Ligue 1 club would last just a few months before he went on to sign for Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer the following February.

Now Shaqiri is starring for Switzerland at Euro 2024, and has broken a new record for international football. Wednesday saw the former Reds star score in his country's 1-1 draw with Scotland, with Andy Robertson on the opposing team to Shaqiri.

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Shaqiri's goal meant that has become the first player to score at three separate European Championships and three World Cups. Since featuring at Euro 2016, Shaqiri has scored at least one goal in each of the last six international tournaments, becoming the first player to achieve the feat.

It's possible that Shaqiri's achievement could be overtaken this summer, though. If Cristiano Ronaldo finds the back of the net for Portugal then he would have scored in each of the last 10 major tournaments for his country.

Even though Shaqiri was part of the Champions League and Premier League winning squads at Liverpool, he was rarely a starter in Jurgen Klopp's team. Shaqiri was handed just 25 starts across three seasons by Klopp during his time at Anfield, and it was after confirming his move to Lyon that he explained why he decided to leave the Reds.

“Peter Bosz [former Lyon manager] loves possession [based] attacking football.”, Shaqiri is quoted as having told TF1’s Telefoot show in September 2021.

“He was one of the main reasons for me to come [to Lyon]. I want to succeed and take them to a new level.

"With my experience and my level of game, I want to help this club regain its former glory.

“The objective is to win new trophies, to put Lyon back where it was more than ten years ago. It’s time to take this team to the place it deserves.”