Liverpool have been in a sticky patch in the past few weeks. The Reds are without a win in their last three Premier League games with a blunt attacking edge proving to be a regular theme. Xherdan Shaqiri needs to start for Liverpool going forward after he stepped up again against Aston Villa.
Liverpool winless in three
The Reds have been poor in the Premier League of late.
Jürgen Klopp’s side were held at home by West Brom.
Though, in fairness, the visitors arrived with that new manager bounce and Sam Allardyce refused to try and play football.
The home draw was followed by a goalless affair at Newcastle United.
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Karl Darlow had the game of his life to keep the Reds out on Tyneside.
Southampton went one better and beat the Reds on the South Coast, helped by the controversial decision not to award the Reds a penalty.
Xherdan Shaqiri magic
The Reds have been blunt going forward of late, limp in possession and not creating enough chances.
Against Aston Villa in the FA Cup we saw that attacking edge return when Xherdan Shaqiri was introduced.
The Swiss international became the first Liverpool substitute to assist two goals since James Milner in 2017.
Shaq managed to unlock an admittedly youthful defence with ease.
Shaqiri has to start for Liverpool
Given the lack of chances the Red have created of late, Xherdan Shaqiri has to start for Liverpool going forward.
The midfielder consistently proves his worth with his cameo appearances.
His injury record has been the only roadblock in his Anfield career.
The Swiss international has the ability to make things happen in the final third, he is comfortable receiving the ball in tight spaces and turning with it.
Thiago in the midfield allows us to see the best of Shaqiri, now that the two are fit they have to start together in the coming weeks.