Shaqiri was the best player for Stoke City last season as he scored 8 goals and provided 7 assists for the Potters. However, even with that output, they were relegated and that is partly why we have signed him on the cheap.
The Swiss Messi would provide us with not only quality cover for our front three, but he is also a match-winner and could make the difference on days when things don’t go right.
There is another aspect of Shaqiri’s that we must not take lightly, and that is his fighting ability. The player has had a tough upbringing, since moving to Switzerland as a refugee. His grit and determination will be a huge factor, especially when we go up against physical sides.
The Shaq should have been a Liverpool player years ago but there is no better time than the present and it will be amazing to have the Swiss star at Anfield.
However, despite Shaqiri’s presence, we cannot be considered title contenders.
An A Grade attack, an A Grade midfield but its still not enough
Shaqiri might play out wide or through the middle but our attack is not the concern for the upcoming season. Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Shaqiri are quality players while the likes of Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke would provide cover for the first-teamers.
Even if we sell a couple from the latter quartet or send them out on loan, Liverpool should be alright for the rest of the season.
The midfield has also seen a lot of new arrivals with Naby Keita and Fabinho adding quality to the team. With James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum and a few of the young players to play in the cup matches, we are still short in the defence and goalkeeping departments.
Liverpool fans will know what plagues us between the sticks as Loris Karius is not having the best time since moving from Mainz.
We might as well go ahead with Danny Ward as our No.1 keeper for the upcoming season but that doesn’t provide us with a lot of confidence. Not unless the young Welshman produces some quality performances early on in the season, at least.
The defence certainly has improved after we signed Virgil van Dijk but we still have problems. That said, the number of errors created by our defence should decrease after the arrivals of Fabinho and Keita, who will do a lot of the work in the heart of the park.
It also boils down to the mentality of the side and the players. We don’t have a number of winners and until we pick up some sort of trophy under Klopp, the Premier League will be a tough task.
The competition lasts for the entire season and unlike a cup game, you need to be on point for at least 32-33 games of the season.
Throw that in with the Champions League, League Cup and FA Cup games and you have a number of competitions that can wreak havoc upon the side.
Klopp is an experienced manager who has dealt with all this before but our team is extremely young and needs a few more “winners” in the team.
Someone like a Yaya Toure would have been great for the side. Furthermore, an old keeper like Buffon would have really made a difference even if he did not play often.
If we do not bring in more players this summer, we could win one of the cups but for a sustained Premier League battle, we need a greater edge.
Maybe this won’t be our year but I hope we can win something at least.
Liverpool star cuts short international duty after picking up rib injury
The report claims that the centre-back has returned to the club after being ruled out of the friendly against Belgium.
A statement from the Dutch team (h/t Liverpool Echo) said:
“After consultation, it was decided to use the player only for the game against Germany.”
The report adds that Liverpool will assess the injury, and we will then get an idea of the extent of his problem.
Van Dijk had a rib problem earlier in the season and was rested in our Carabao Cup loss against Chelsea. The Dutchman has been reliable at the back and is one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
Liverpool’s next game is against Huddersfield on Saturday, and it will be interesting to see who will play in the heart of the defence.
Jurgen Klopp can call upon Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip to partner Joe Gomez in the back as the match against the Terriers should not be the most difficult outing.
Gomez has been the other centre-back who has been brilliant for us this season and in all probability, Lovren should partner the English youngster.
Liverpool’s next tough game is against Arsenal on 3 November, and hopefully, Van Dijk will be fit for the clash at the Emirates.
“Exactly what I expected” – Liverpool’s summer signing opens up on his time at Anfield so far
Shaqiri also has a couple of starts to his name but is hopeful of more chances as the season is still in its infancy. The 27-year-old was speaking to Aargauer Zeitung (h/t Mirror) and added that he is waiting for his opportunity to shine.
“You don’t have to keep me happy.
“The process has worked well for me so far. Sure, every professional wants to play. I do too, but there are still a lot of games to come.
“On top of that, you just need to look and acknowledge what has been done at Liverpool recently. A lot of people did a good job.
“That’s why everything hasn’t been turned upside down overnight.”
The Swiss star was aware he would have to work hard to gain a foothold at Liverpool too.
“What is happening is exactly what I expected. I decided to move to Liverpool fully aware that I would have a harder time in a club of this standing than, for example, other clubs that tried to help me.”
Shaqiri has looked decent in all the games he has played and should get a few starts given we don’t face tough opposition in the coming weeks.
The Reds take on Huddersfield, Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff in the three games after the international break, and this would be the ideal time to start the 27-year-old.
Out of favour Liverpool youngster wanted by Everton – Toffees willing to let go of Turkish striker
The 23-year-old isn’t a part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans, as per the report, and Everton boss Marco Silva is interested in the Belgian striker.
Origi was on loan at Wolfsburg last season but failed to light it up at the Bundesliga club. The 23-year-old has had a tough time in recent seasons at Liverpool and hasn’t played a single minute for the team this season.
The report claims that Everton are open to letting Cenk Tosun move to Besiktas if they can sign Origi from Liverpool.
The Belgian was linked to a couple of clubs in the summer window but Liverpool didn’t sell him as they weren’t getting what they wanted for the striker.
With Daniel Sturridge back in form and Roberto Firmino leading the line, Origi would find it tough to get first-team minutes at Anfield.
We also have youngsters such as Ben Woodburn and Dominic Solanke trying to break into the first-team, thus adding more competition for the forward slots at the club.
It will be interesting to see if Everton follow up their interest in the winter window. There haven’t been many occasions of a player swapping clubs in Merseyside with the last one being Abel Xavier.
Origi does need to move away for more minutes on the pitch, and joining a new club should be his aim when the transfer window opens.
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