Former Stoke City boss Paul Lambert has hit back at criticism of Xherdan Shaqiri from Charlie Adam and Gary Neville over claims he is lazy.

Liverpool signed Shaqiri from Stoke for a fee around £13million and although he is yet to feature heavily for the Reds, the Swiss attacker is expected to be an important player this season.

Some, however, don’t share this belief and the likes of Gary Neville and Charlie Adam have asked questions about his suitability for playing under Klopp, saying he is too lazy to excel under the German.

Paul Lambert, former manager of Stoke, believes that there is nothing wrong with Shaqiri’s attitude and says he didn’t encounter any issues when he was Potters boss.

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“People can say ‘He never worked back’ but listen if he’s creating something at the top end of the pitch, then you’ve got a chance,” Lambert said. “Fifteen games, I never had one problem.

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“He was great to work with, never had any problem with him switching off, turning off, not trying, not wanting it – and that’s me being honest.

“I couldn’t argue about what Shaq done for us. He was a terrific player, never had one bit of bother. I always think these type of players are temperamental a little bit and that’s not a slant on him at all.”

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