When Xherdan Shaqiri swapped the Brittania Stadium for Anfield, a lot of Liverpool fans were happy with the signing, although none were ecstatic. The Reds didn’t expect Shaqiri to become a starter and they didn’t expect him to play as well as he has been. He came off the bench against Cardiff yesterday and added to the scoresheet to again show his class.
Was Shaqiri always this good at Stoke?! He can't have been, can he?
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) October 27, 2018
Shaqiri has always been a quality player, however, in his time at both Bayern Munich and Inter Milan he didn’t have a manager who properly supported him and put their confidence in him. When he made the switch to Stoke City he became the main man and for a few seasons, he was the sole reason they survived. Now, though, at Liverpool, he’s able to show his true class and it’s just a matter of time until he’s undroppable in the starting eleven.
Shaqiri could easily make Liverpool’s front three a front four with his talents and when he came off the bench yesterday just after the hour mark to replace Adam Lallana it was clear to see that the players around him improved when his dynamism and spark came into play. The Swiss winger even added a goal after coming off the bench as his side cruised to a 4-1 win. The next game for The Kopites is against Arsenal and whilst Unai Emery will be preparing to nullify Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, Shaqiri could be Jurgen Klopp’s secret weapon.
You can read The Reds’ thoughts on Shaqiri here:
He sure was. Just fits in the team perfect.. sell lallana and get Wilson back.
— Paul hendry (@Paulhendry83) October 27, 2018
If anybody watched him closer at Bayern. You would see he just needed a manager that has confidence in him
— Jay Seth (@SND_MND) October 27, 2018
Look at his career before Stoke and you will be less surprised why he is so good
— Adrian Torr (@Torrnando) October 27, 2018
Eagle among penguins. Now he's rocking with the best.
— Brad Fakin (@edutosha) October 27, 2018
Yes, he just needed a Better team to constantly show it
— Mr. jaymss (@jamesdagista) October 28, 2018
He has stepped up and is playing for a team that will make or break a player.
Credit to him he is giving it his all and becoming a top player
— Damboy6 (@damboy6) October 27, 2018
Brings energy to the pitch as soon as he steps on. Love this guy's game.
— Howard Burns (@howard_burns) October 27, 2018
Jurgen has done it again in the transfer market. You need to spend 50m for that quality
— Ian West (@IanWest2012) October 27, 2018
He’s always been class, just didn’t have the right players around him to bring out his full potential
— Ross Slater (@r_slater7) October 27, 2018
The Reds are loving Shaqiri at the moment and will be keen to see him get more and more game time in the coming months.