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Xherdan Shaqiri was brilliant on his debut as he smacked home an incredible bicycle kick and even assisted a goal as Liverpool defeated Manchester United 4-1 in the International Champions Cup.

The Swiss star only joined training on Wednesday but he seemed to be in line with our playing style from the minute he stepped onto the pitch.

Jurgen Klopp stated that the debut was not normal and Shaqiri certainly seems to be enjoying his time at Liverpool already, even though it was just a friendly.

There were many concerns about Shaqiri joining us given that the player seems to be a little temperamental but Klopp is the man who is right for the job if we are to see the best of the Shaq.

The German does not like any players stepping out of the line, as we have seen with Mamadou Sakho in the past. The French defender had numerous issues during his time with Klopp and was banished from the side.

Klopp even waited for six months before allowing Sakho to the leave the club and that is a fear that most Liverpool players will have about not doing the things the German wants.

Now, I’m not suggesting that Shaqiri is a troublemaker. We haven’t come across many real situations from the clubs he has been but it is true that the player has a bit of an edge. However, that could make him ideal for our team this season.

We do not have enough tough men in the side and if anyone can be a little rough with the opposition, that is Shaqiri. Klopp will have his hands full as he tries to play down the expectations of a first Premier League title coming to Liverpool but we have all the ingredients for a proper title challenge.

Shaqiri could be central to it after his performance against United. After all, it takes a lot of ability to score with a bicycle kick. It also proves that the player is extremely confident in his ability to even try something like that against our bitter rivals.

Klopp has been wonderful for Liverpool since taking over at the club and keeping Shaqiri at his best could be crucial for us.

Shaqiri is a beast but on some days, he goes missing. This is something that Klopp has to handle. However, the German has done most things right at Anfield so far and getting the best out of the Swiss star should be easy for him.

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We might get to see another bargain signing turning it on at Anfield and if Shaqiri continues playing in the same vein of form as he did against United, this season will be something special for sure.

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Liverpool star cuts short international duty after picking up rib injury



Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk was amongst the goals against Germany for the Netherlands but the defender has a rib injury, as per the Liverpool Echo.

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.

Virgil van Dijk

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.

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Liverpool’s next tough game is against Arsenal on 3 November, and hopefully, Van Dijk will be fit for the clash at the Emirates.

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“Exactly what I expected” – Liverpool’s summer signing opens up on his time at Anfield so far



Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri has admitted that he knew about the difficulties in starting for Liverpool, and is willing to bide his time for his chance.

The former Stoke City attacker joined the Reds in the summer for £13million (h/t Mirror) but hasn’t scored a goal this season.

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.”

Xherdan Shaqiri

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.

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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.

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Out of favour Liverpool youngster wanted by Everton – Toffees willing to let go of Turkish striker



Divock Origi Liverpool

Divock Origi has emerged as a target for our Merseyside rivals Everton, according to Turkish outlet Aksam (h/t Mirror).

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.

Divock Origi gave Liverpool the lead

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.

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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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