Jurgen Klopp needs to make use of Xherdan Shaqiri more this season as the Switzerland international has a lot to offer.

The former Stoke City winger was left on the bench a lot last season, even when Liverpool were crying out for a player able to breach stubborn defences.

His brace against Manchester United when the game was locked at 1-1 is a perfect example of what he can do when called upon.

Xherdan Shaqiri.

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There was actually a period when Shaqiri was averaging a goal or assist at a faster rate than Philippe Coutinho managed in his final season as a Red, highlighting how good he can be when given an opportunity.

In fact, he was top class against Barcelona and assisted Gini Wijnaldum’s second goal in the iconic comeback at Anfield and deserved to get his own name on the score sheet.

 

With all the talk this summer about signing a new forward, Shaqiri has become something of a forgotten man as he makes his way back from an injury sustained on international duty.

Xherdan Shaqiri.

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The Swiss forward can operate on the right-wing or in a central position but would be most effective out on the wing which would see Mohamed Salah move into a central position and Roberto Firmino switch to a central attacking midfield role.

This would give Liverpool both potency in front of goal and creativity out wide which is something the Reds sometimes struggled with against the likes of Leicester City and West Ham last season.

In lieu of signing a new forward, Klopp must give Shaqiri more responsibility this season and he will surely be rewarded handsomely.

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