The former Bayern Munich attacker has since completed a £13m move to Liverpool, with the Reds activating his relegation release clause after his participation in the World Cup with Switzerland.
Swiss global Shaqiri has recently completed a summer move to Liverpool which keeps the forward playing Premier League football after Stoke's relegation last season.
Was he one of them?
Stoke midfielder Adam told talkSPORT when quizzed on Shaqiri and whether he underperformed when it mattered most: "Was he one of them?"
"Yeah, everybody else could help, but for all the plaudits to so-called bigger players we getting from certain members of the management staff last season - they weren't producing".
'But, listen, he's gone now.
Ryan Kent is omitted as he closes in on a loan move to Rangers, while Danny Ings is also absent due to injury, with the striker remaining at Melwood amid speculation over his future. "The future for us at the moment is in the Championship".
Shaqiri will surely relish his new challenge at Liverpool, where he will get to feature in the Champions League.
The trio are expected to be soon joined by goalkeeper Alisson, who will join the Reds for a new world record fee for a goalkeeper.