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.
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.
Former Manchester United star believes only Liverpool can “stop” Manchester City
The Reds are a couple of points behind Pep Guardiola’s side, and after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Everton, the former United man believes the Blues don’t have it in them to stop City.
Speaking on his podcast (h/t Liverpool Echo), the Englishman believed City were on the right track to retaining their Premier League crown:
“Winning one league is an achievement, winning back-to-back titles makes you a great team and Man City are on the brink of that.
“At this moment in time, I only feel like Liverpool can stop them.”
Neville stated that although Chelsea are doing well under Maurizio Sarri, only the Reds were capable of stopping City.
The former Manchester United defender added that there is another problem as we seem to be the only team capable of taking points off the Cityzens.
“The problem for Liverpool is that it doesn’t look like anyone else can lay a glove on City, that’s the problem they’ve got.”
Guardiola’s men have been supreme this season but they have dropped points against Wolverhampton Wanderers and lost to Lyon in the Champions League.
We need someone else to beat or draw with City to have a real chance of winning the title, and hopefully, a rival steps up and puts a spanner in City’s machine soon.
“Now it’s time to celebrate my birthday” – What the Liverpool players said after 2-0 win over Fulham
Liverpool survived a bit of a scare early on but got the three points with a 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.
The win pushed us up to second in the Premier League table as Chelsea drew and Manchester City won their respective games.
It seemed that Aleksandar Mitrovic had opened the scoring in the first half but his effort was ruled offside.
Quick thinking from Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold helped Mohamed Salah score the first goal of the game, and the Egyptian posted an image of his boots.
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 11, 2018
The other goalscorer was Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss star volleyed in our second after half-time and he certainly was pleased with his performance at Anfield.
— Xherdan Shaqiri (@XS_11official) November 11, 2018
Andy Robertson provided the cross for our second, and the Scottish captain was happy that the Reds won after their midweek defeat to Red Star Belgrade.
— Andrew Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) November 11, 2018
James Milner got a few minutes on the pitch after coming on as a substitute.
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) November 11, 2018
Our starting midfielders were Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum. While the Brazilian did a great job in midfield, Wijnaldum had more to celebrate.
— Fabinho (@_fabinhotavares) November 11, 2018
It was the Dutch midfielder’s birthday and Jurgen Klopp did sub him around 20 minutes before the end of the game.
— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) November 11, 2018
Simon Mignolet hasn’t played a single minute in our Premier League campaign, but the Belgian was quick to celebrate the win too.
Another great result. Good job boys! See you after the international break 🔜🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/igSp0lkO6S
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) November 11, 2018
Liverpool play Watford when the players return after the international break. The Reds are a couple of points behind Manchester City at the top of the table, and getting the three points at Vicarage Road will be difficult.
Liverpool handed incredible home record after 2-0 win over Fulham
Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Fulham sent them to the top of the Premier League until Manchester City’s win over Manchester United in the late game.
The win took us to 30 points from 12 matches and helped us reach a small milestone too. The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds now have the best home record of any team in the top five leagues.
Barcelona held the record with 42 unbeaten home games, but the Catalan’s surprisingly lost to Real Betis 4-3 yesterday.
The last time we lost a home Premier League game was in 2017 with Crystal Palace getting the three points.
Christian Benteke was the chief architect of our destruction that day, and the report claims that we haven’t lost the 27 games held at Anfield since.
The Reds have picked up 18 wins and nine draws from those 27 games, and this season, we have been solid at the back too.
Liverpool have conceded only one goal in their home Premier League games this season which was against Cardiff a couple of weeks ago.
Our home form has been excellent under Jurgen Klopp and we face some tough sides before the end of the year.
Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal all visit Anfield before the New Year. The festive period could define our Premier League challenge, and it will be interesting to see if we can finish this campaign unbeaten.
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