Xherdan Shaqiri: Liverpool star could be like Mario Balotelli, fears Phil Thompson

<pre><pre>Xherdan Shaqiri: Liverpool star could be like Mario Balotelli, fears Phil Thompson

That is the verdict of the Liverpool legend and now the Sky Sports expert Phil Thompson.

Shaqiri was pulled from Stoke relegated earlier this summer in a deal of £ 13m.

But he goes to Anfield with a reputation for standing before the team.

Phil and Gary Neville placed the star of Switzerland while he was in the World Cup and Thompson admits that his arrival is a risky move on the part of Klopp.

He fears that the midfield maestro could emulate Balotelli, who had a nightmare moment at Anfield, but also suggested that he could play with the Merseyside club and become a key figure as the former Southampton star Sadio Mane.

Thompson said: "He is a player, as we know, who may not be a workaholic at this time, as Klopp would like.

"But my God has an assistance, he has a goal, to establish players.

"So that's the best thing that Jurgen has done with the transfer market, he has identified the areas he needs to improve his squad and he has looked for it.

"It could be a move from Balotelli, then again it could be a Mane movement and that's the thing"

Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool discussed by Sky Sports commentator Phil Thompson

"Shaqiri, yes maybe some problems about him, but he has this in his locker – set plays, corner kicks, handing in dangerous areas.

"He's going to go to a club now that, in every way, it's a bigger club than Stoke, I think the expectations and demands on him will be right.

"At £ 13m it is a cut and I hope with hope that this will go well for the child.

"It could be a Balotelli movement, again it could be a movement of Mane and that is the question.

"He has to learn and that's the only thing, this high-pressure game that Jurgen demands from everyone.

"Everyone must fit in and Shaqiri has to bring that to the table."

Shaqiri could make his Liverpoo debut tomorrow when the Reds host West Ham (1.30 p.m.).