Xherdan Shaqiri opens up on decision to leave Liverpool and join Lyon
Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed one of the main reasons he decided to leave Liverpool this summer.
The Swiss winger joined Lyon on a Â£ 9.5million transfer last month, securing an assist on his league debut for the French side against Strasbourg.
Shaqiri had previously been a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad, but saw his playing time cut last season, following the arrival of Diogo Jota, limiting the 29-year-old to seven starts in all competitions.
A popular figure among fans, following his influential role in Liverpool Barcelona’s famous 4-0 win over Barcelona in 2019, in addition to scoring against the Reds’ fiercest rivals, Shaqiri revealed to French media why he chose to join Lyon.
READ MORE: Barcelona left ‘ashamed’ as Mohamed Salah and Liverpool’s major mistake revealed
“Peter Bosz likes possession [based] attacking football. “, Shaqiri would have declared on the Telefoot program of TF1.
âHe was one of the main reasons I came [to Lyon].
âI want to be successful and take them to a new level. With my experience and my level of play, I want to help this club regain its former glory.
âThe objective is to win new trophies, to put Lyon back where it was more than ten years ago. It’s time to get this team to the place they deserve.
Shaqiri has a considerable European pedigree, having played for Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, before signing for Liverpool in 2018.
Although he was only able to make seven appearances during the Reds’ winning campaign, he played an important role in Jurgen Klopp’s side by winning the club’s sixth European Cup – an honor he had already won with Bayern in the 2012/13 season.
Lyon’s last major title came in the Coupe de France in 2012 as PSG exerted their national dominance, although the French side recently reached the Champions League semi-finals after a surprise victory over Manchester City in 2020 .