Former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips thinks that Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri will feel “disappointed” not to have left Anfield during the summer.
Phillips feels Shaqiri’s frustration
The 28-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from Merseyside due to his lack of opportunities under manager Jurgen Klopp.
The likes of Roma, Lazio and Sevilla were interested in Shaqiri’s services, which left segments of the Kop faithful feeling disappointed with the rumours that he could have left before the transfer window closed.
Since his £13m move from Stoke City back in 2018, Shaqiri has scored eight goals and provided five assists in 42 outings (per TransferMarkt). With only 1,751 minutes under his belt during that timeframe, the Switzerland international is believed to have wanted to have played more first-team football and as such, he wanted to leave Anfield.
Will Shaqiri start more than 15 Premier League games this season?
Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips said that he believes Shaqiri will be frustrated at Melwood having not been allowed to leave the club this summer.
“It is a tough one, Shaqiri”, he said. “It really depends on injuries I think. Will he get game time and play a major part this season? It is going to be really difficult for him.
“While he is there, I am sure Klopp will use him because he is a talented player and they are going to need the whole squad if they are going to challenge again this season. Players can catch Covid-19, get injured and suspended, so many could be missing at one stage.
“However, if everybody is fit and raring, he will not get much game time.
“I am sure Shaqiri was disappointed to not get out of the club and play. But now he is there, he will have to bide his time and try to take his chance when it comes.”
Phillips is spot on. Shaqiri will be a frustrated man right now, having only started during the Carabao Cup match against Lincoln City.
The 28-year-old will have to take this one on the chin and get his head down for at least a months. If he still feels the same way by the time the January window opens, performing well and training hard between now and then might get him the move that he wants.
That being said, the 82-cap international is still a member of Klopp’s side andhe bolsters the strength in depth in the midfield and attacking areas.
Not getting a move will be difficult for the midfielder to take but maintaining his professionalism is what is required to get through this tricky period.
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