Phil Thompson: Shaqiri could be the new Sadio Mané

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Phil Thompson has said that while Xherdan Shaqiri might wind up being the next Mario Balotelli at Liverpool, he could also be the next Sadio Mané.

Liverpool are looking to take their squad to the next level and believe the likes of Alisson, Fabinho and Naby Keïta are the type of players to help them revolutionise their play.

Alisson is the first top goalkeeper to play at Anfield since Pepe Reina and with Keïta being given the Liverpool no.8, he is expected to do big things with the Reds.

Phil Thompson, however, believes that Shaqiri could either prove to be the next flop or prove to be a real bargain, much like Mane.

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“He’s a player, as we know, who is maybe not a workaholic at the moment like Klopp would like,” he said on Sky Sports. “But my goodness he’s got an assist, he’s got a goal, set players.

“So that’s the great thing Jurgen has done with the transfer market. He has identified the areas which he needs to improve his squad and gone for it.

“Shaqiri, yeah maybe a few problems about him, but he’s got this in his locker. Set plays, corner kicks, he delivers into dangerous areas.

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“He’s going to a club now which in all intents and purposes a bigger club than what Stoke is. I think the expectations and the demands on him will be as it should be.

“At £13m it is a snip and I hope upon hope that this goes right for the boy.

“It could be a Balotelli move, then again it could be a Mane move and that is the thing.”

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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