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Analysis: Xherdan Shaqiri was a creative force in Euro 2020 opener

Xherdan Shaqiri shone for Switzerland in their Euro 2020 opener on Saturday. The Liverpool star was a creative force.

Euro 2020 will be a strange tournament for Xherdan Shaqiri. He can’t be 100% sure of where he’ll be after it.

It’s difficult to see a future with Liverpool, admittedly. Shaqiri hasn’t played over the last two seasons, though injuries played a huge part in that.

But with Harvey Elliott waiting in the wings, Shaqiri’s time to leave has surely come. We just can’t imagine he’ll play much next season.

So with that in mind, performances at Euro 2020 could be big for both Shaqiri and Liverpool. They’re an opportunity to get the limelight and the transfer interest that comes with it.

The more interest, the more choices Shaqiri has for next season. And the more money Liverpool can demand in any transfer.

Xherdan Shaqiri at Euro 2020

Shaqiri started in an attacking midfield role for Switzerland against Wales on Saturday. He only played 66 minutes before being subbed off but he still made an impression.

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The Liverpool star created four chances in that time – the most in the game. In fact, Wales as a team only managed to create six.

That figure of four stands out in the tournament so far, too. Only Domenic Berardi managed more over the opening four games, creating five against Turkey.

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Berardi, though, played 20 more minutes than Shaqiri.

We think this was impressive from the Swiss maestro, then. He also threw in a tackle for good measure, while also not being dispossessed or dribbled past once.

This was Shaqiri at his creative best as part of a good Swiss side. Quite honestly, if we thought he would be here next season, we’d be getting very excited.

But a few more performances like this and Liverpool will certainly field some calls once the tournament is done.

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