Rio Ferdinand raves about Xherdan Shaqiri at Liverpool FC
The Man United legend lavishes praise on Xherdan Shaqiri after Liverpool FC's 4-0 win over Red Star
Rio Ferdinand has hailed Xherdan Shaqiri’s impact at Liverpool FC after Wednesday night’s 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade.
Jurgen Klopp opted to start the summer signing in his Liverpool FC team for their third Champions League clash of the current campaign.
Shaqiri has shown glimpses of magic from the bench in the Champions League and the Premier League since his £13.5m switch from Stoke City in the summer.
However, the 26-year-old was entrusted with a starting spot and Klopp’s decision paid dividends after the attacking midfielder produced a masterful performance.
Shaqiri won the ball before the Swiss playmaker teed up Andy Robertson to provide the cross to allow Roberto Firmino to break the deadlock in the 20th minute.
The Switzerland international produced his first Champions League assist as a Liverpool FC player when Shaqiri combined with Mohamed Salah for the second successive game.
Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand was impressed with Shaqiri’s contribution to the Liverpool FC team in the Champions League.
“It was the Liverpool that we’ve become accustomed to knowing,” Ferdinand told BT Sport on Wednesday night.
“They were fantastic, the movement, the pace in which they broke.
“Firmino linking things, (Sadio) Mane and Salah running through.
“And the find for me has been Shaqiri in midfield. The way he’s probing, the way he’s picking up the ball in-between the lines… He was magnificent [in the] first half.
“He sees great pictures in that position in one of the three in midfield.
“It’s a new position for him but he looks as if he’s been playing there a number of years.
“He’s a fantastic little footballer who has really taken to this Liverpool team at the moment.”
The Serbian club made the trip to Anfield looking to replicate their success over the Reds on Merseyside in 1973.
Red Star Belgrade became the first European club to beat Liverpool FC at Anfield when the Serbian club beat Bill Shankly.
However, Liverpool FC’s resounding 4-0 win over Red Star hoisted the Premier League side to the top of their Champions League group.
The Merseyside outfit will make the return trip to Belgrade in their next Champions League fixture in early November, knowing that three points would further cement their claim for a last-16 spot.
Liverpool FC will look to secure successive Premier League victories when Cardiff City make the trip to Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds are unbeaten after nine games in the Premier League this term to keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the table.