German football expert Raphael Honigstein explains why he thinks Jurgen Klopp is unhappy with Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Switzerland international hasn’t started a Liverpool game since the end of January. He was hugely influential at the start of the season but has seen less game time since the turn of the year.
“I think Klopp is, it’s just my personal view, I think he’s not happy with the end product from him,” Honigstein said.
“I think Shaqiri does a lot of good things but is not quite decisive enough in these moments.
“And when you have that extra attacking midfielder on the pitch, and you sacrifice one of the holding midfielders, I think that guy really needs to deliver every time.
“Otherwise the risk/reward scenario is not quite right and I think that’s how he looks at it at the moment.”
There is a conspiracy theory formed by Liverpool fans on social media that argues Shaqiri has been carrying an injury. He has been a part of the matchday squad recently but the theory argues Klopp is covering up injuries to avoid opposition teams being able to predict starting lineups.
Hopefully, whatever the truth is, the former Stoke City man can return to the Liverpool starting XI soon enough and aid the Reds’ Premier League title push.
His ability to score from range and strike a fierce free-kick could play a pivotal role in the games to come.