Xherdan Shaqiri sends honest Liverpool FC message to Jurgen Klopp

The Liverpool FC summer signing reflects on his start to life at the Anfield side

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

Xherdan Shaqiri has insisted that Jurgen Klopp doesn’t have to keep him happy, adding that the Liverpool FC star expected a battle to break into the Reds starting team.

The Switzerland international completed a £13m move to the Merseyside outfit from Championship side Stoke City in the 2018 summer transfer window after the playmaker couldn’t help the Potters remain in the top flight.

The 26-year-old has been used sparingly over the past couple of months under Klopp as the German head coach has stuck with his deadly trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah for seven of their eight Premier League games.

Shaqiri made his first Premier League start in a 3-0 win over Southampton and his free-kick led directly to Salah’s goal before the summer signing was replaced at half-time to accommodate James Milner in the second half.

The summer signing was particularly wasteful after Shaqiri came off the bench to create a number of chances in Liverpool FC’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea FC before Daniel Sturridge’s sensational equaliser in the 86th minute.

Shaqiri has been painted as a luxury player during his inconsistent stint at Stoke before the Potters dropped out of the Premier League in the 2017-18 season.

However, the Liverpool FC signing has opened up about his start to life at the 18-time English champions, adding that he expected a difficult challenge breaking into the Reds team.

“You don’t have to keep me happy,” Shaqiri is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“The process has worked well for me so far. Sure, every professional wants to play. I do too, but there are still a lot of games to come.

“On top of that, you just need to look and acknowledge what has been done at Liverpool recently. A lot of people did a good job.

“That’s why everything hasn’t been turned upside down overnight.

“What is happening is exactly what I expected. I decided to move to Liverpool fully aware that I would have a harder time in a club of this standing than, for example, other clubs that tried to help me.”

Shaqiri arrived at Liverpool FC with a wealth of European experience following stints at Basel, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan before his move to Stoke in 2015.

The Swiss starlet was part of the Bayern team that won the Bundesliga, the Champions League and the German Cup in 2012-13 before Shaqiri was part of Pep Guardiola’s side that won the domestic double 12 months later.

Liverpool FC are unbeaten in eight Premier League games this term after six victories and two stalemates.

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