Liverpool eventually cruised to an FA Cup victory against a very youthful Aston Villa side this evening, despite a first-half scare from Louie Barry.
The talented Villa youngster had stunned Jurgen Klopp’s men with a deserved equaliser, after Sadio Mane had given Liverpool an early lead.
However, a prompt half-time teamtalk and a couple of substitutions did the trick for the Reds, as Mo Salah, Gini Wijnaldum, and Mane again put the game to bed.
In a performance not quite up to Liverpool’s usual brilliance, the player catching the eye the most among Reds fans on social media was midfielder, Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Swiss star came onto the field and helped himself to two assists and, in a nutshell, changed the game.
And that was a thought echoed on Twitter, as a number of Liverpool fans took time out to sing the praises of Shaqiri.
Shaqiri needs to play alot more, he offers so much to us
— Jack 🐐🐐 (@Jackieboyy00) January 8, 2021
Klopp has to find a way to utilise Shaqiri more often
— SimonBrundish (@SimonBrundish) January 8, 2021
I do like Shaqiri. Needs more starts, he’s just fun to watch.
— MarkyB⚽ (@markyb_lfc9) January 8, 2021
Plus points are more minutes for Thiago, return of Shaqiri and goals for Mane/Salah. Negative points are the first half
— Dan Clubbe (@dan_clubbe) January 8, 2021
Shaqiri deserves a better club that believes in him.
— jawahar srinath (@jawahar_ck) January 8, 2021
Shaqiri man of the match.
— Liverpool Red (@lfcredynwa) January 8, 2021