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Liverpool fans urge Klopp to start Shaqiri v Manchester United on Sunday

Liverpool supporters have urged Jurgen Klopp to consider the prospect of utilising Xherdan Shaqiri from the start during Sunday’s top-of-the-table encounter against Manchester United.

This certainly would be a huge gamble from the manager’s perspective.

Why? Well, for a start, the 29-year-old forward has clocked up just 84 minutes of Premier League action so far this term.

Also, Shaqiri is still yet to start in the top-flight for the English champions in 2020/21. Indeed, much of this has been the result of injury, however.

His most recent Premier League start came back in December 2019 during a 2-0 victory against Watford.

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Still, given Liverpool’s recent performances against Newcastle and Southampton, some added impetus in attack certainly wouldn’t go a miss.

Shaqiri proved his quality against Aston Villa last Friday, after all. The former Bayern Munich star clocked up two assists despite featuring for only 29 minutes during the 4-1 win.

If he were to start, it’s likely that Shaqiri – who earns £80,000-a-week, as per Spotrac – would be utilised in midfield. Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara both pick themselves but there is still a potentially vacated position the Switzerland international could fill.

Both Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were guilty of failing to inspire much creativity in Liverpool’s last Premier League outing. The pair failed to create a single opening between them, as per WhoScored.

With that said, Shaqiri, then, could be a risk worth taking from Klopp’s perspective.

After all, Liverpool have profited in the past from a Shaqiri inspired masterclass against Manchester United. His memorable brace back in December 2018 proves as such.

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