Xherdan Shaqiri was substituted against England as Switzerland were unlucky to lose 6-5 on penalties and end the UEFA Nations League in fourth place.

The 27-year-old was taken off against the Three Lions and appeared to be in a fair amount of pain.

While the severity of the injury has yet to be confirmed by either the Swiss Football Federation or Liverpool, it’s encouraging to note that he was able to walk off the pitch.

Xherdan Shaqiri.

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That alone suggests that he is not facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines while his injury could not have come at a better time as the former Stoke City forward will now take his annual vacation.

 

The hope for Liverpool fans and coaching staff will be that he is able to recover from whatever forced him off the pitch before the start of pre-season.

Given how little game time he was afforded this season, Shaqiri will be raring to go when pre-season preparations begin as he will look to prove to Klopp that he deserves to start in either the UEFA Super Cup, the FA Community Shield or the first game of the Premier League season.

Xherdan Shaqiri.

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The Swiss international contributed impressively to his side’s success this season as he was directly involved in 17 goals despite being used mostly from the bench.

If he can improve on that tally next season, Shaqiri will once again prove his worth as an understudy to Mo Salah.

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