Xherdan Shaqiri is an extremely talented footballer. Despite his diminutive frame, the Swiss midfielder is adept at keeping hold of the ball and conjuring something out of nothing. The former Stoke star arrived on Merseyside in the summer of 2018 after Liverpool paid £13m to trigger his release clause. Since then he has struggled to gain a regular place in Jürgen Klopp‘s side, all that goes to show is how strong Liverpool have become.
Shaqiri has impressed when has got a game. The Swiss winger scored twice as Liverpool toppled Manchester United 3-1 at Anfield back in December 2018. He stepped up for the Reds in May, providing a gorgeous cross for Georginio Wijnaldum to head home and bring Liverpool level with Barcelona on aggregate.
He has pedigree. The versatile attacking midfielder has 3 seasons at Bayern Munich and 1 at Inter Milan under his belt. He boasted 2 Bundesliga titles and a Champions League winner’s medal before he joined the Reds. He added to that haul in June but still cannot get a look in to the Liverpool XI.
If we go back just 5 years, Shaqiri would’ve been undroppable at Liverpool. The Reds thrust a then teenaged Raheem Sterling into the first team such was the dearth of creative talent at the time. In 2019, Jürgen Klopp has Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Divock Origi and Bobby Firmino at his disposal. Shaqiri can only get game time when the first XI are struck by injuries. Now that Liverpool have a congested fixture list, he will likely be in the lineup for the game against MK Dons. Liverpool boasting 2 times Champions League winners as backup is a sign of just how far the Reds have come.