Swiss football coach Arno Rossini has come out with a savage statement about Xherdan Shaqiri.
Speaking to Tio (via Goal), the 63-year-old has slammed Liverpool’s wide-man and doesn’t think people will remember him as part of this Premier League winning side.
“Xherdan is not a champion,” Rossini commented. “We certainly cannot say that he left his mark with the teams with which he won. Not with the big guys at least.
“Let’s say that over the years he has often followed the games of his teams as a spectator, sitting in the best places. And millions have been paid for him.”
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Liverpool signed Shaqiri from Stoke City back in 2018 after triggering his £13 million release clause (via BBC Sport). Since his arrival, he has contributed seven goals and five assists in 30 appearances (via Transfermarkt). The 28-year-old also grabbed himself an assist against Barcelona at Anfield last season, which ultimately contributed to Liverpool’s sixth European title.
“This, taking everything into account, makes me think that the Swiss is not one who always gives his best. Of course, Xherdan is filling the bulletin board and seeing his bank account grow dramatically; I don’t know how many, in 10 years, will remember him thinking about the great teams in which he has played.”
A lot of Liverpool fans have slammed Rossini after @AnfieldEdition relayed his comments. One supporter has branded them ‘nasty and unnecessary’ as they see Shaqiri as a vital part to the club’s success, particularly last season, whilst another called him a ‘fantastic player.’
Read some replies from fans backing the Swiss man’s corner:
Just nasty and unnecessary. Shaq assisted in some important goals for us
— englishjen (@englishjen2) July 1, 2020
Had to google Arno Rossini tbh. Maybe he’s not as famous as he thinks
— Jaziz (@jaziz1989) July 1, 2020
What a random and unnecessary dig at Shaq.
Wouldn’t have even got to the CL final without him. He bossed it against Barca.
— Mark (@_MarkL33) July 1, 2020
Disagree with that statement, take him out of the squad against barcelona and we may have never beaten them at home👍🏼fantastic player who doesn’t get enough time in my eyes
— Mateusz Prokopczuk (@mateusz2015lfc) July 1, 2020
He crossed a delightful ball for Gini to head the third vs Barca that’ll do for me Champ
— Greg Newman (@gregnewman16) July 1, 2020
— Jadon (@jadonc2304) July 1, 2020
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