Mohamed Salah’s latest injury setback according to Sky Sports could present recent castaway Xherdan Shaqiri with one final opportunity to revive his Anfield career.
Shaqiri, 28, has failed to make any sort of impact this season for Liverpool despite the club sitting eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.
The former Stoke City player hasn’t started for the Reds since that famous 4-0 victory against Barcelona in May and has only featured for the European champions on two occasions this season – both from the bench.
Following Sky Sports reports that Salah’s injury has forced the Egyptian into ‘extended time’ off it could force Klopp into considering Shaqiri for his attacking options after the international break.
The former Bayern Munich forward has six goals in 34 appearances for the Reds since his £8 million from Stoke. Despite not featuring in recent weeks due to a calf problem, Liverpool’s official website have confirmed that Shaqiri could be available after the international break.
Liverpool have relied on Shaqri for further attacking impetus in the past. The Switzerland international’s brilliant early form last season forced Klopp into adapting his formation to a 4-2-3-1 just to include the Red’s winger in the starting XI.
At times when the front three were not firing on all cylinders last campaign, it was Shaqiri who stepped up to the plate. The former Inter Milan star hasn’t been presented an opportunity as of late and the injury setback to Salah could force Klopp into using the Swiss forward against Crystal Palace on November 23.
Shaqiri has shown glimpses of undeniable quality during his short time at Anfield and an injury to one of his fellow forwards could be the opportunity the Red’s playmaker has been waiting for.