The good thing for Xherdan Shaqiri is that he’s quickly reaching his peak.
The bad thing is it collides with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane’s best form.
Indeed, despite his decent contribution, Shaqiri is seemingly yet to properly win over Jurgen Klopp. Now is his time to do so.
The 27-year-old has two matches remaining to prove himself worthy of a place in this world-class team. Making only his third substitute appearance in the last 10 Premier League matches, the Swiss magician finally bore fruit to help Liverpool keep their title flame alive.
Indeed, his sumptuous free-kick was too menacing to defend for Newcastle United. The inspired moment proved how dangerous his left-foot can be. As Mohamed Salah could be sidelined after being stretched off at St. James Park, Shaqiri could finally get his moment of fame.
There’s surely a good chance he starts in both remaining games against Barcelona and Wolves. While winning either the Champions League or Premier League looks bleak, Shaqiri needs to perform at his best in order to save his career. Like he did against the Magpies, he needs to put in inviting crosses for Sadio Mane, using his creativity to light up Anfield.
Despite his inspired substitute performances, there are no guarantees Shaqiri gets many chances next season. Ryan Kent will return and the competition will get stronger.
Unless he can influence Liverpool into retaining their sizzling attacking style in Salah and Firmino’s absence, it could be the end of the line at Anfield for the temperamental Swiss superstar.
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