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In a charged-up encounter between Serbia and Switzerland, the main talking point ended up being the “Albanian Eagle“.

Swiss stars Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka sank the Serbian brigade but it all came boiling down to the clashes in the Serbian region which resulted in the families of both players shifting to Switzerland.

For all the politics and numerous people affected and killed in that area, emotions cannot always be checked on the pitch and the Swiss pair made their mark on the scoresheet and in terms of making a statement too.

However, this isn’t going to be a long-drawn piece on politics, football or how the two may or may not mix. This is going to be about someone that we have been linked with for a number of years, Xherdan Shaqiri.

An enigma waiting to come to Liverpool

We were linked with a move for the Shaq when he was leaving Bayern but things haven’t gone well for him in recent years.

Moves to Inter and then Stoke City haven’t worked out so well but one thing is a certainty, Shaqiri is a quality player and on his day, the 26-year-old can be Messi-esque.

For all the talk about him not being qualified, just look at the goal he scored against Serbia. Taking the ball from the halfway line, Shaqiri made a dash with a good amount of control and composure to coolly slot the ball below the keeper. This wasn’t a fluke; this was class on the pitch.

Maybe it was the occasion of playing against the Serbs or maybe it was the history of what his family had to go through. Whatever it was, Shaqiri has proven that he is ready for the big moment and he did his bit on the pitch.

Reports have claimed that we are interested in signing him with Stoke being relegated. The price for the Swiss Messi? Just £12million.

I know that transfers don’t work like they do in FIFA – we can’t just throw money at Stoke and hope Shaqiri joins us but for the love of football, I hope we are actively pursuing the Swiss man.

Alright, so he won’t replace Mohamed Salah and he probably won’t replace anyone in the front-three. That said, he will give us a rugged edge in the side, which is something we don’t have right now.

Shaqiri isn’t your regular European footballer. He seems to be built of sturdy stuff and even though his initials are XS, he is a big factor on the pitch.

Remember the goal against Everton? It might have been a fluke but it takes guts to try something like that and we need to have an X-factor in our side. Someone who is unpredictable, someone who can pull a freaking elephant out of a hat.

Shaqiri can also play in the midfield, meaning Klopp would be able to rotate the likes of Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum to bring a little bite to the heart of the park.

One might argue that Shaqiri can be a tad unreliable but we have numerous players to rely on to do good things on the pitch. Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Salah, Sadio Mane and even Naby Keita could be the players we can depend on next season.

But on occasions when we are struggling to break down a defence and we need someone to do something crazy and win us the game? That person will be Shaqiri.

He is adept at taking the ball away from the opposition, running hard and thundering the ball into the back of the net. Either way, Shaqiri is a risk we need to try. No risk, no reward. It is time to back the Shaq again.

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Liverpool star fails to hide frustration despite celebrating PSG winner

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Mohamed Salah didn’t score in Liverpool’s thrilling 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain. Instead, he almost cost us the game.

The former Roma attacker gave the ball away as PSG scored their equalizer in the 83rd minute. However, Roberto Firmino saved us with an incredible goal in stoppage time.

A video surfaced of Salah throwing a bottle after Firmino’s goal. Although the Egyptian celebrated the winner, he was seen flinging a bottle away.

Rio Ferdinand hinted this wasn’t frustration and claimed the Liverpool attacker had his own way of celebrating. The former Manchester United defender was quoted by the Metro saying:

“I think Salah’s celebrating in his own way. His hands were up at the beginning of that. The first picture [shows] his hands were up [celebrating].”

Salah hasn’t been at his best since the start of the season and only has a couple of goals to his name. Sadio Mane has taken up the scoring mantle in his place and has five goals to his name while Firmino now has three.

The Egyptian might have felt relieved at the winner. However, the 25-year-old was responsible for Kylian Mbappe’s goal and his muted celebration could be ominous for the opposition in the coming weeks.

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Salah has been taking shots and finding the open spaces but things aren’t going well for him. There is no doubt that once he starts scoring regularly, there will be no stopping him. All he needs is a bit of luck this season.

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“Who did the Pirate better?” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after Klopp copies celebration post PSG win

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Roberto Firmino scored the winning goal in an enthralling encounter against Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool led 2-0 but were pegged back to 2-2 in the 83rd minute.

The Brazilian didn’t start the game but produced the telling moment in the 91st minute. Anfield went wild after the game and Firmino had another brilliant celebration in the spur of the moment.

The attacker covered his left eye after beating the PSG keeper. This could have been in reference to the eye injury he picked up against Tottenham last weekend.

Jan Vertonghen poked the Brazilian but it didn’t matter as we beat Tottenham and did the same to PSG too.

Firmino has had a number of celebrations in recent years such as “shooting the gun”, “kung-fu kicks” and taking his shirt off and getting yellow carded.

Jurgen Klopp also got into the act as he copied Firmino’s latest celebration during the post-match interviews and a number of fans reacted to the boss doing this bit.

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(Video) Watch Sadio Mane completely destroy Neymar with filthy skill during Champions League clash

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Liverpool’s match against Paris Saint-Germain was the pick of the clashes from the first round of Champions League fixtures and what a tie it was.

The Reds raced into a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge and James Milner. PSG weren’t giving up without a fight as Thomas Meunier pulled one back before half-time.

Kylian Mbappe scored in the 83rd minute but Roberto Firmino had the last laugh with the winner in the 91st minute.

The clash featured some of the best players in the world but there was one moment of brilliance from Sadio Mane.

The Senegal international couldn’t score in the game but he did destroy Neymar on the pitch. The incident happened in the first-half as Mane was attacking down the right and the Brazilian was trying to defend.

A move here, a drop of the shoulder there and poof, the Liverpool man burst into the box. Neymar was taken to the cleaners and it set the tone for the Brazilian to barely figure in the game.

Mane was excellent in the first half as we harried and bullied PSG into submission. The Senegal man didn’t score a goal but he surely made life tough for the French side.

We have started our Champions League campaign in excellent fashion and our next European tie is against Napoli in Italy.

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Should Mane and the rest of the team go in with the same sort of mentality, a win against Napoli is a given. For now, we should plan for all three points against Southampton on Saturday.

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