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James Milner’s injury hands Xherdan Shaqiri perfect chance in number 10 role

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James Milner’s injury hands Xherdan Shaqiri perfect chance in number 10 role

Liverpool star Xherdan Shaqiri may have the chance to operate in his preferred central role following the injury to James Milner.

The Englishman sustained a hamstring issue against Manchester City during the 0-0 draw at Anfield on Sunday.

He is now facing around a month on the sidelines, which is a big blow for Jurgen Klopp.

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The energetic midfielder was one of the German’s stand out players last term, and Milner very much picked up where he left off for 2018/19.

He’s going to be a big miss for the Reds. He completely embodies Klopp’s style of relentless pressing when out of possession.

Milner’s absence however, may hand a chance to Xherdan Shaqiri, who has confirmed his best position is as an advanced midfielder, or a ‘number 10’, via the Liverpool Echo.

Shaqiri’s time to shine?

Shaqiri, a £13.5 million signing from Stoke City, has been a peripheral figure so far at Anfield.

He has only made one start in the Premier League against Southampton.

 

Despite shining, he was actually hooked at half time by Klopp.

He’s played just 96 minutes in total, but could be set to feature more prominently now that Milner is sidelined.

Against the Saints, Shaqiri proved that he’s good enough to play for the Reds.

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Perhaps Klopp can think about using Shaqiri in behind Roberto Firmino, who has lacked support this term.

Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are essentially irreplaceable on the wings, so a central role may beckon.

With Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita or Gini Wijnaldum in the engine room, Shaqiri would have the freedom he loves in order to successfully support the front line.

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Tom is a Public Relations (Sports) graduate who has built up experience in digital football writing and original content production, with words having reached millions online. Also very partial to a cheeky pub quiz.

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