Some Liverpool fans have begun to think Shaqiri is being overlooked by Klopp as the international returnees get game time ahead of him.
If I was in Shaqiri’s shoes, I think I would be a little disappointed to find out to that I’d be sitting on the bench. Especially when he chose to not play for Switzerland in the international break to fight for his place in the Liverpool squad.
Still, Klopp chose to start Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabinho over the Swiss midfielder- both who have just returned from international duty.
Some fans took to Twitter to express their frustrations over the lack of game time the 27 year-old:
Really feel for Shaqiri. What's he got to do to get a game? 🤷🏻♂️🤷🏻♂️
— Matt 🔴 (@MattHarrold) September 14, 2019
Can see Shaqiri leaving in January at this rate, what’s he got to do to actually get some game time??#LFC
— J⭕️NNY B⭕️Y 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@JonnoLovesLFC) September 14, 2019
Great team buzzing ox is playing. Bobby not starting is a worry clearly the travel affected him not starting defo start against Napoli. Shaqiri must be thinking how can I get a game now. Come on redmen! 🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴 https://t.co/uOQ7opgYXq
— Aaron Jackson (@aaronjacko) September 14, 2019
Despite sitting on the bench, Shaqiri was one of Liverpool’s top playmakers last year.
He had clearly showed he deserved more game time by the number of goals and assists he accrued last year. The statistics for our clubs show the Swiss midfielder had more goals and assists than Henderson, Fabinho and Wijnaldum (Premier League stats). Those are our core midfielders, which shows you how affective he is on the offense.
His creative prowess was shown again today when Shaqiri was subbed in in the 84th minute. Within five minutes, he impressed fans by providing Firmino with a goal scoring opportunity that would have made it 4-1:
It was offside, but I loved the pass Shaqiri played to Firmino for Mané’s disallowed goal.
He played the same ball against Newcastle last season to find Alexander Arnold to assist Firmino.
Loves exploring that pocket between LCB and LB/LWB.
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) September 14, 2019
Shaqiri should be starting a lot of these games at Anfield against lower sides imo, only played about 10 minutes of football since May and still created 2 clear cut chances and looked on top of his game.
— َ (@lfcIeo) September 14, 2019
Shaqiri has created like 5 chances in 5 minutes and still sits on bench.😏😏
— M (@urbanowl) September 14, 2019
It’s nice to see that the midfielder has got the support of the fans, but does he have it of the manager?
I think so.
With the Reds due to play Napoli on Tuesday and then on Sunday against Chelsea, we should expect to see Shaqiri on the field more.