Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has admitted that he isn’t too happy with how things have panned out for Xherdan Shaqiri this season.
The Swiss midfielder was used last season as cover for the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane. He delivered too when called upon, scoring six times in the Premier League.
However, this year has seen his progress curtailed by a number of injury problems. Shaqiri has made just a handful of appearances and will now miss this weekend’s FA Cup clash with Shrewsbury.
And Jurgen Klopp admits the situation with Shaqiri is not ideal.
“It’s not cool. Absolutely not cool but maybe there are different reasons,” Klopp said about Shaqiri. (Mirror)
“So far it was never big but it was always enough to get him out. I can imagine that is frustrating. It is frustrating for him and not good for us.
With Sadio Mane out injured, Klopp would have been hoping to call on Shaqiri for this weekend.
However, with both players out it could open the door for Takumi Minamino. Harvey Elliott is another who might hope to get his chance given the Reds player lower-league opposition.
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Jurgen Klopp loves his players but there seemed to be an element of frustration in his comments here.
He’s never quite got the best from Shaqiri and while he did praise his ability and physique, it’s probably not going to be enough to keep the Swiss winger at Anfield beyond the summer.
Shaqiri will want regular football and Liverpool will want someone who is reliable and available.
As things stand, both of those things don’t match up well.
Liverpool, though, will probably make a decent amount on Shaqiri. After all, they are going to be Premier League champions and will, rightly, demand big sums for their players.