Xherdan Shaqiri has been condemned for comments he made while at Stoke City.
Last season, Stoke were relegated after managing to accrue just 33 points, with the Potters not showing enough quality over the course of the campaign to remain in the Premier League.
Liverpool subsequently snapped up Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer, activating the player’s relegation clause. He signed for a fee believed to be around £13million and brings quality in attack from the bench.
The player, however, has been slammed by former Liverpool defender Philipp Degen for comments he made in March at Stoke.
The Swiss forward said: “The feeling that even a Ronaldinho could do little in this team is sobering. I had to realise that it’s a bit different when you have players like Ribéry and Thiago at Bayern or Icardi and Kovacic at Inter.
“Here at Stoke I cannot exert too much influence, simply because there is a lack of quality around me.
“I cannot just down tools but it would take something extreme for Stoke in the transfer market this summer to revive my enthusiasm.”
Philipp Degen has spoken out against his former club’s new recruit, saying no player should ever make such comments to the media.
“Apparently his media training has completely failed. How can a player say that?” he said.
“He also said during his time in Germany that any club apart from Bayern Munich would be a step down for him. These are absolute no-go [comments]!
“Everything in life will catch up with you at some point. I always tell my players – always imagine yourself as a mirror and be humble.
“One should not forget, Stoke got relegated with him in the team.”