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Report: Xherdan Shaqiri back from injury for Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp received a boost on Tuesday as Xherdan Shaqiri was pictured by the club’s official website having returned to training.

Shaqiri was set to miss out on featuring in Klopp’s plans against Manchester United before the weekend clash was postponed (Liverpool Echo), having been unable to train in the days leading up to visiting Old Trafford.

The Red Devils affair would have marked the first Premier League fixture in which Shaqiri was not listed in Liverpool’s matchday squad since returning from a muscle problem in December.

His issue sustained while on international duty ruled the attacker out of six games, but progressed to feature in some capacity during 11 of Liverpool’s following 19 matches.

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Shaqiri has not started a top-flight game for the Merseysiders since a 1-0 home defeat to Fulham on March 7, while earning a final minute cameo appearance in last month’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa after replacing Ozan Kabak.

Klopp should now be able to list Shaqiri among his starting or backup options once again when the Reds next take to the field at home to Southampton on Saturday, and continue the Swiss international’s longest streak of available games since the 2018/19 campaign.

TBR’s view:

While Shaqiri is clearly not one of the first names on Klopp’s teamsheets, the Liverpool boss will no doubt be glad to have the 29-year-old available straight away and not fear another lengthy absence for the winger who missed most of last season through injury.

Even utilising Shaqiri sparingly can have a positive impact on the Reds’ results, with his assist from the bench putting the Anfield natives ahead at home to West Ham in October before helping to take control at the London Stadium with the pass for Mohamed Salah’s brace.

His game-changing ability and will to always be involved in the action when on the field were aspects praised by Joe Rimmer on the Blood Red podcast in January, noting: ‘Whether it’s a goal, whether it’s a chance, he just seems to make things happen.’

And with Liverpool potentially 10 points adrift of the Champions League places and four points down on fifth-placed West Ham by the time they kick-off against Southampton, Klopp will need those who can make things happen if he is to secure a European berth.

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