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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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“Dont know where he goes from here now” – Some Liverpool fans concerned about youngster returning from loan deal

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Ovie Ejaria and Jurgen Klopp

Ovie Ejaria is set to return to Liverpool and end his loan spell with Rangers early. The club released a statement regarding the 21-year-old who scored two goals in 28 games for Steven Gerrard’s side. The release added this was the best move for all involved.

“However, following discussions between the two clubs, as well as Ejaria and his family, it has been determined an early return to the Reds is in the best interests of all parties concerned.”

The release thanked the Scottish giants for helping the 21-year-old Englishman, and it will be interesting to see what the next step for the youngster would be.

Ejaria is one of the highly rated players in our youth system but for some reason, things just did not work out for him at Rangers.

We have another star on loan at Rangers in Ryan Kent, and the winger has been doing pretty well at the club. Many Liverpool fans chipped in with their thoughts regarding the return of Ejaria, and here are some reactions from Twitter.

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Xherdan Shaqiri shocks the Red Devils – Liverpool player ratings from 3-1 win over Man United

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Liverpool 3-1 Man United: Shaqiri double seals the deal for the Reds

Jurgen Klopp finally got a win over Manchester United in the Premier League. Liverpool picked up a 3-1 win over their biggest rivals and jumped back to the top of the table.

Sadio Mane got the opener but things took a turn when Alisson spilt a cross and Jesse Lingard scored in the first half.

The Reds dominated the game but things weren’t working. However, Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench and scored a couple of deflected goals as Anfield went wild. This was a well deserved win for the Reds and here are the player ratings from the game.

Liverpool Player Ratings

Alisson – 6.5/10

The Brazilian looked alright with the ball at his feet but his mistake could have been huge had we not won the game. Alisson looked calmer in the second half and was barely troubled.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7/10

Got a start in the Premier League and did a decent job at the back. The Englishman could be a huge bonus for us in the remainder of the season.

Dejan Lovren Mohamed Salah

Dejan Lovren – 7/10

It was great seeing Lovren not make any mistakes at the back, even though some of his passes weren’t the best.

Virgil van Dijk – 8/10

The Dutch defender did a great job at the back and was rarely troubled by the physical Romelu Lukaku.

Andy Robertson – 7.5/10

The left-back’s crosses weren’t the best but his energy down the flank was brilliant and he had a couple of crucial interceptions to keep United from scoring.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10

Another regular Wijnaldum performance as he ran his socks off and kept things moving for the Reds.

Fabinho – 8.5/10

This was a fantastic performance from the Brazilian as he controlled the midfield and had a brilliant assist for Mane’s opener.

Georginio Wijnaldum

Naby Keita – 7/10

The Guinea midfielder was played on the left and did a good enough job with his running.

Sadio Mane – 8/10

The misses against Napoli won’t count for much now as he scored the first goal of the game. The Senegal attacker even set up the second goal, although there were a few deflections.

Roberto Firmino – 7.5/10

Again, the Brazilian was played behind Mohamed Salah but it didn’t matter as he put in a great shift by harassing the United players.

Mohamed Salah – 7/10

The Egyptian was marked well by the United defence but he kept on running, trying to create.

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool

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Xherdan Shaqiri – 9/10

What a substitution. The Swiss was the spark for the Reds in the second half and no one from Liverpool will care that both his goals came off deflections. He was quick on the ball on both occasions and made United pay.

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Jordan Henderson – NA

Came on late to keep things calm.

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“It was worth it” – Liverpool star’s verdict on Klopp’s £8,000 worth celebration against Everton

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Alisson believes that Jurgen Klopp’s fine for his wild celebrations against Everton was “worth it”. Liverpool won the Merseyside derby, thanks to a 96th-minute winner from Divock Origi, and the goal was a little crazy too.

The ball came off the crossbar twice after Jordan Pickford failed to gather a sliced effort from Virgil van Dijk, and Origi nodded in the winner.

Alisson was celebrating in the middle of the pitch when Klopp ran out and hugged the keeper before continuing his celebrations in the dugout.

The keeper was speaking to the Times (h/t Express) as he described those moments:

“It’s hard to explain what was happening. It was at the end of the game, I was celebrating.

“Generally, I prefer not to celebrate too much so I can concentrate on the game and stay level-headed but the goal came at the end of the game so I could let it all out.”

Alisson saves from Arkadiusz Milik

Alisson saves brilliantly for Liverpool

The Brazilian couldn’t believe what the manager was doing, as he continued his celebrations before adding that the punishment was worth the madness.

“I ran to the middle of the field and did my usual celebrations, pointing to the heavens, thanking God, and then I looked to one side and I saw Jurgen and I thought, ‘What is he doing?’

“It was a great moment and I gave him a big hug. I appreciate it wasn’t the correct thing to do and he has been punished for that – but it was worth it.”

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The Express adds that Klopp was given a £8,000 fine for his exuberant celebrations, but that is a small price to pay for defeating our cross-town rivals.

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