Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp termed Xherdan Shaqiri’s stunning bicycle lick goal as “not normal” as the Swiss star’s debut marked a 4-1 win over Manchester United.
Football news: The Swiss star bagged a breathtaking goal in his Liverpool debut
Shaqiri scored his debut goal in sensational style in Michigan as his club ended their International Champions Cup campaign with a resounding victory on Saturday.
Shaqiri joined Liverpool from Premier League relegated side Stoke City and came off the bench to score the amazing overhead kick from 12 yards after Sheyi Ojo and Daniel Sturridge put the Reds ahead on the score sheet.
Manchester United equalised in the first half when Sadio Mane’s 28th-minute penalty was cancelled out by Andreas Pereira.
When Liverpool boss was interviewed about the goal, Klopp said, "It was good obviously. That's not normal after four days in the club – adapting that well to the style of play.
"We wanted to help him a little bit with the position [so] that it's not too complicated, gave him a lot of freedom, offensively playing natural, plus offering runs in behind, which is what he did especially around the Sturridge goal.
"It was better than I would have expected, to be honest. I think today it was a game where it was quite easy to come in for pretty much all of them because we played over 90 minutes of really good football on a very difficult pitch for both teams. We still played simple and quick, kept them moving. That was good.
"After the [Borussia] Dortmund game, I didn't feel really good but I knew I don't have to make it bigger than it is. It's a preseason game so if you make mistakes you should lose – that's OK and if you learn from it that's OK. Today we don't make it bigger of course.
"For Shaq, in the moment he signed he wanted to stay immediately at Liverpool and train with us. I think it was a week after he finished the World Cup, so I said: 'No, no, no. Go'.
"He came back a few days ago and he was really excited. For him it was very good moment in his career, having already had a real experience at Bayern [Munich], at Stoke at Inter. Those were important moments in his career and now we have him and he can now play together with a few really nice football players."
Shaqiri is among four new arrivals to Liverpool, the others are Alisson, Naby Keita and Fabinho. Klopp has said that he does not want to buy any defenders this transfer window.
"No, I am happy with our players, to be honest, so I don't see the need," Klopp added. "When you see Joe Gomez playing in that role tonight as a central defender, he combines a lot of things you don't find in the transfer market, to be honest. I can't see in the moment the need, but there are 12 days to go and a lot of things can happen.
"You ask me now and I say no, but maybe if you ask me tomorrow I will say something different."