Liverpool debutant Shaqiri reflects on superb bicycle kick against Manchester United

Xherdan Shaqiri has described his bicycle kick on his first appearance for Liverpool against Manchester United as ‘a very beautiful goal’.

Liverpool ran out 4-1 winners against their rivals in Michigan and it was Shaqiri’s stunning strike in the 82nd minute which was the biggest talking point as he found the net with an ambitious effort.

Shaqiri is determined to make a major impact for Liverpool following his summer switch from Stoke and stressed that he has scored many similar goals in the past.

Shaqiri told Liverpool’s official website: ‘I think I’m used to doing it! No, I scored many times like this, I love bicycle kicks so I [am] always training this sometimes. The ball was perfect and why shouldn’t you try? So I tried it and it was a very beautiful goal.’

‘I think it’s an amazing day; there are a lot of fans here and it’s my first game for this big club and I’m really happy and of course with the beautiful goal.

‘It was amazing to play with this great team, you can see this team has amazing players, I feel good and I’m very happy.

‘It’s a big club and I want to show my football too and you can see on the pitch that I have a lot of experience too.’

A player with plenty of Premier League experience, Shaqiri will be looking to prove that he is capable of performing consistently for Liverpool.

Receiving the ball from Ben Woodburn, Shaqiri positioned himself expertly, with his strike leaving United goalkeeper Joel Pereira stunned.

The Switzerland international’s goal against United will undoubtedly help to endear him to Liverpool supporters, as will the fact that he also managed to provide an assist for Daniel Sturridge.

Sadio Mane and Sheyi Ojo also found the net with penalties and Shaqiri and his team-mates will be full of confidence going into Liverpool’s final two friendlies against Napoli and Torino.

Last season Shaqiri managed to score eight goals and provide seven assists in a struggling Stoke side.

Although competition for places at Liverpool will be fierce, the 26-year-old is relishing the chance to impress for Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Liverpool get their Premier League campaign underway on August 12 when they host West Ham, with Shaqiri set to make his competitive debut for his new club in that fixture.

Shaqiri’s former Stoke team-mate Charlie Adam questioned his commitment recently, but the new Liverpool signing is certainly settling in quickly to his new surroundings and the early signs are very encouraging indeed.

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