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Pundit’s Choice: Jurgen Klopp and Xherdan Shaqiri

Pundit’s Choice: Jurgen Klopp and Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their team preserve their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with yet another victory on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with bitter rivals Manchester United off the back of beating Napoli 1-0 in midweek to reach the last-16 of the Champions League, so confidence was definitely high ahead of the visit of Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils. And the Reds produced a performance to match as a brace from Xherdan Shaqiri alongside a Sadio Mane strike inspired the hosts to a 3-1 win at Anfield, thus keeping them a point clear of defending champions Manchester City at the summit of the Premier League table.

Thus, there have been many thrilled Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from Daily Mail columnist Jamie Redknapp, who highlights Klopp as the ‘perfect boss’ for the ‘maverick’ that is Shaqiri.

And given the level of performance produced by the Switzerland international since arriving at Anfield during the summer, specifically his work off the ball in buying into Klopp’s philosophy, it’s very hard to argue with Redknapp’s assessment of the Reds duo.

Ultimately, the winger was always likely to return to the Premier League during the close season following Stoke City’s relegation to the Championship, what with the Swiss ace embarking upon his best season at the bet365 Stadium last term with eight goals and seven assists in the league for the Potters.

And it was Klopp’s Liverpool who secured a £13 million deal for the 27-year-old, in what is looking increasingly like the bargain of the summer given just how much Shaqiri has added to this Reds team, at the same time just how much Klopp has been able to get out of the winger.

Yes, Shaqiri’s quality in the final third has never been in question having shone for Stoke and German giants Bayern Munich in the past, but what has sometimes been in doubt is his work off the ball, with there many occasions during his time with the Potters in which the winger simply didn’t consistently carry out his defensive duties.

Yet work off the ball in pressing from the front and panicking opposing players is a huge part of Klopp’s Liverpool team, and the Reds chief appears to have conveyed that to Shaqiri given the Swiss star’s intensity this term off the ball has been something to behold.

And he has been rewarded with five goals and two assists in just 13 Premier League appearances for the Merseyside giants, with the 27-year-old coming off the bench to provide the spark Liverpool needed to eventually ease past United on Sunday – as Redknapp alludes to, Shaqiri is very much a ‘match-winner’.

But what Redknapp is also right to underline is that Klopp is the ‘perfect boss’ for the winger given the transformation seen in Shaqiri off the ball this season – not many others would have the power to convince and persuade the 27-year-old to buy into that style of play.

Yet the Reds and indeed Shaqiri are very much reaping the rewards from Klopp’s diligence and hard-work with the 27-year-old, which is why Redknapp is spot on to laud the Liverpool manager as the ‘perfect boss’ for the ‘maverick’ Swiss winger.

Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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