Martin Keown raves about ‘inspired’ Xherdan Shaqiri at Liverpool FC

The Arsenal legend believes Xherdan Shaqiri has been an inspired Liverpool FC signing

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool FC star Xherdan Shaqiri Photo: Xherdan Shaqiri / Instagram

Martin Keown has hailed Xherdan Shaqiri as an “inspired signing” after the Liverpool FC playmaker starred in last week’s 4-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade.

Jurgen Klopp has been in no rush to insert Shaqiri into his starting line-up this season, having signed him in a £13.5m deal from Championship side Stoke City in the summer transfer window.

However, the Liverpool FC manager can hardly be blamed for his hesitancy given the prolific form of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in the Champions League and the Premier League last term.

Shaqiri’s first start at Liverpool FC came in a 3-0 win over Southampton at Anfield last month, making an assist for Salah’s opener in the Premier League clash.

Klopp opted to start Shaqiri for the first time in the Champions League as Liverpool FC looked to make an immediate return to winning ways in Europe’s premier club competition.

And Shaqiri repaid his manager’s faith by winning the ball and playing a simple pass in the lead up to Firmino’s opener at Anfield.

The Swiss playmaker laid on the pass for Salah’s goal on the stroke of half-time to end the game as a contest ahead of the return trip to Belgrade next month.

Former Arsenal defender Keown believes that Shaqiri – who also scored in the thumping 4-1 win over Cardiff on Saturday – has been a tremendous addition to the Liverpool FC squad.

“Shaqiri looks an inspired signing. In a struggling team like Stoke, he looked anonymous,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“Now he has options and runners — and is able to use his vision to pick them out.

“He gives Jurgen Klopp the option to rest the likes of James Milner and Jordan Henderson. He ran the show for Switzerland against England in September and is proving why he should be in the Liverpool team.”

Shaqiri has plenty of Champions League experience, having been part of Bayern Munich’s squad that won the title in 2013 after a 2-1 win over Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.

The Swiss star won three Bundesliga titles during his stint at Bayern but left for Inter Milan during Pep Guardiola’s tenure at the Allianz Arena.

The Liverpool FC playmaker was often criticised for his inconsistent performances during his spell at the Potters.

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