There has never been a harder time to get into the Liverpool starting XI. The Reds are flying high at the top of the table and every man on the pitch is performing impeccably, week in, week out. It is even harder to get into the lineup when you’ve struggled with injuries. Xherdan Shaqiri has told Schweizer Illustrierte that he is tired of life on the bench.
The Swiss international has proved a savvy buy for Liverpool. Shaqiri arrived on Merseyside in 2018 when the Reds triggered his £13m release clause to sign him from Stoke.
His fee looked to be a snip for such a naturally gifted player. Shaqiri arrived with two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League under his belt from his time at Bayern Munich.
He told Schweizer Illustrierte, “Of course I’m dissatisfied that I do not play more often. If that is not the reaction of a pro, he’s in the wrong job.” The midfielder went on to quash any potential rumours of a rift by adding: “I have never had a problem with the coach. He knows that I am ready.”
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This has been an unfortunate season for Shaqiri, he has spent a lot of the time on the bench and the physio’s table. Injuries have kept him out of the side of late and, for a player so confident of his own ability, it must be frustrating to watch on from the sidelines. The versatile international has managed just 14 minutes in all competitions for Liverpool this campaign.
Given his dissatisfaction with being out of the side, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Swiss midfielder moved on next summer. There would be no ill-feeling and he would certainly be given a warm reception if he were to ever return to Anfield in away colours.
Fingers crossed we see the player return to fitness as he certainly still has a part to play at Anfield. He has proven that he can come up with the goods when needed, who will ever forget his goals against Manchester United?