This summer’s pre-season has been a superb one for Liverpool, new man, Xherdan Shaqiri has been superb in his new role under Jurgen Klopp, scoring his first goal against Manchester United and clipping in a lovely ball for Sturridge to head home against Torino yesterday. The Swiss Magician’s displays have even convinced some fans that they don’t need to sign Nabil Fekir.
I think the reason we’re not buying Fekir is because Shaqiri can do everything we wanted the Frenchman to – what a transfer https://t.co/psgrkIRzEX
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) 8 August 2018
The start of the Premier League will be a telling time for Liverpool fans. New signings Fabinho, Naby Keita and Alisson will also be looking to prove their worth at Anfield and they’ll have a tougher job than Shaqiri who already knows the league and has played against the same teams that Liverpool will be up against. It is probably for that reason, that the 26-year-old has managed to settle so well at the club so far.
Shaqiri received a lot of stick when he was at Stoke City. The winger has been accused of being lazy and inconsistent in his time at the Bet 365 and will be hoping to dispell these stereotypes of his game. At Liverpool, it seems the ex-Bayern Munich man will be used as more than just a winger. Jurgen Klopp could use Shaqiri as a number ten or even a central midfielder, with this versatility making the Switzerland star one of the biggest bargains so far.
You can read the Kopites’ verdict on Shaqiri here:
If Fekir had made that assist for us people would be drowning in their own saliva
— Tom Carroll (@Tom_Carroll88) August 8, 2018
Give shaqiri few more games and he will show that his incoming is a total bargain. Maybe the best transfer in epl this year…
— Dennis Mathew (@koldfuzions) August 8, 2018
Is he doing a Chamberlain?? I hope so.. head down,work hard & say I told u so
— Emmett Scott (@Emmett_Scott) 8 August 2018
Simply marvellous lobs ..by Shaqiri
— Don Ron (@DonRonny888) 8 August 2018
I was just thinking this tbh
— Dawsy LFC (@dawsy27) August 8, 2018
I think it’s to Si shaqiri and also Gini pre-season form. To be fair we do have a lot of CM options
— Mo Syed (@Moessi81) August 8, 2018
Yep Shaq can fill that role totally
— Jurgen Kop (@KopJurgen) August 8, 2018
As you can see, the supporters are keen to see Shaqiri take up that role that the fans thought Fekir would be signed to fill.