Xherdan Shaqiri keen to do his part as Liverpool attempt to get back to winning ways
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed his desire to help the team get through what has been a challenging season so far. The Reds have struggled with both injuries and a loss of form and are currently seven points off the top, having played a game more.
They could whittle down that lead to four points by beating Pep Guardiola’s side at Anfield tonight. It seems apt that Shaqiri, a player who has served under the Catalan, could hold the key in the titanic matchup.
Having joined from Stoke City two years ago, Shaqiri has largely served as a super-sub or a player in rotation. But he has had his moments, scoring some key goals for the side in what has been a trophy-laden spell on Merseyside.
“If someone is injured or out and you get the chance to make the difference.”
Not a robot!
The Swiss international is a team player who is keen to do what he can for the betterment of the club. Given the riches of talent Liverpool possess in the attack, it is not always easy for Shaqiri to get the playing time he desires. His ability to step up when needed showcases his dedication to the Liverpool effort.
“I am not a bad guy and I’m a team player and I like to do everything for this team and I have a lot of experience now and I’m happy to help other players.”
Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost four games this season in the Premier League. To put it into context, they lost the same amount of matches the last two seasons combined. Shaqiri believes that losses are a part of the game and no team can be expected to be at its best every time.
“We are like normal people who have ups and downs. That’s normal. We are not robots who can always be on 200 per cent.”
Best in the world!
The 29-year-old is a popular figure in the Liverpool dressing room. Despite not being a sure starter, he has served the team with distinction during his stay at Anfield. With Sadio Mane recovering from an injury and the Reds frontline struggling for goals, it remains to be seen if Shaqiri will get another opportunity in the matchday XI.
A skilled player who often finds himself a place in highlight reels, he would fit right into a team he considers one of the best in the world. Up against Guardiola’s City, he can once again help remind fans of just that later tonight.
“We are one of the best teams in the Premier League and the world.
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Liverpool are by no means having a disastrous season. Given the injuries, we have done well to stay in the title race. The team has played out of their skin the last two years leading to high expectations that have unfortunately not been met this time around.
As long as players like Shaqiri step up, there is always hope that we can turn it around.