The Swiss international left Anfield in August 2021 to join Ligue 1 side Lyon for a fee of around £9.5 million, and has since moved again to play in MLS.
Speaking to the Guardian, Shaqiri spoke glowingly about his three-year spell at Liverpool and insisted that Klopp is the right man to solve the Reds’ problems.
“I believe in Jurgen. I hope he stays as long as possible,” he said.
“He’s a big win for the club.
“I think they’re going to be busy in the transfer market [this summer].
“But I think it is crucial they make the Champions League so that they can get the players they want.”
The Champions League football Shaqiri refers to has all but evaporated as a possibility for next season, but it is a rousing endorsement for the manager, who is facing perhaps his toughest challenge at Liverpool so far.
The 31-year-old was signed from Stoke in the summer of 2018 for £13.5 million and immediately told the club’s official website that his aim was to “win titles” for Liverpool.
The Chicago Fire winger never quite made it into Klopp’s regular starting XI, but still recalls his Liverpool career fondly.
“I will always look back with a lot of pride. I think what we achieved is amazing,” he admitted.
“Who will ever forget what we did that night [against Barcelona].”
Shaqiri left Anfield with the best wishes of everybody at the club and has since gone on to net seven goals and assist another six in 31 games in MLS.