John Arne Riise raves about Xherdan Shaqiri after Liverpool FC’s 4-0 win over Red Star
The Liverpool FC legend believes Xherdan Shaqiri was impressive on Wednesday night in a 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade
John Arne Riise singled out Xherdan Shaqiri’s performance on Wednesday night after the Swiss playmaker inspired Liverpool FC to a 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade.
The Switzerland international was handed his first start in the Champions League since moving to Liverpool FC in a £13.5m deal from Championship side Stoke City in the summer.
Shaqiri arrived at Anfield with Champions League experience following spells at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Serie A giants Inter Milan before the attacking midfielder’s switch to Stoke.
In fact, the 26-year-old was part of Jupp Heynckes’ squad that won the Champions League in 2013 after Bayern were 2-1 winners against Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund side at Wembley.
Shaqiri has shown some promising signs of improvement in recent weeks and the pint-sized playmaker produced his best performance of his Liverpool FC career so far on Wednesday night.
The summer signing won the ball and played a pass to Andy Robertson, which allowed the Scottish left-back to tee up Roberto Firmino to break the deadlock in the first half.
Shaqiri assisted Mo Salah for his first goal of the 4-0 win before Klopp opted to give the Swiss star a rest in the second half when he was replaced by Adam Lallana.
Former Liverpool FC defender Riise was impressed with Shaqiri’s contribution to the Merseyside outfit’s resounding victory over Red Star at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Riise wrote on Twitter: “Shaqiri has been brilliant 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @XS_11official”
Shaqiri scored one goal in seven appearances in the Champions League in 2012-13 as Bayern beat Dortmund’s Klopp in the final. The Swiss star was an unused substitute at Wembley.
The Liverpool FC playmaker will be hoping to retain his starting spot when the Reds take on promoted side Cardiff City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds are in second place in the Premier League table but level on points with leaders Manchester City at the top.