Ian Wright has raised concerns over Xherdan Shaqiri’s recent absence from Liverpool’s starting XI while talking to BBC Sport.

He said: “What’s happened to Shaqiri? What’s happening?”

“You say that [his form has dipped], who did he [Klopp] bring on in front of him [against Fulham ]? I have seen he has brought other players on in front of Shaqiri.

“We have seen that Shaqiri has made a difference earlier on in the season. You say his form has dropped, but it seems to me like something has happened.”

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The Swiss international was quite important for Liverpool at the start of the season as he was used either as an impact sub or from the start to provide extra creativity behind Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Since then, however, his importance has waned and he has played very little since the start of 2019.

 

His recent groin injury has also raised questions. Fans on social media have questioned whether or not Jurgen Klopp has been covering up an injury while others have tentatively suggested that he and Klopp might have fallen out.

With just a handful of games remaining before the end of the season, it seems unlikely that he will be handed a more inclusive role given how the last few months have gone.

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It’s disappointing as the 26-year-old seemed to be playing quite well.

His brace against Manchester United that essentially got Jose Mourinho sacked seems a distant memory.

Hopefully whatever is preventing him from playing disappears and we can see Power Cube start for the Reds again.