Before Liverpool’s Champions League group stage clash against FC Midtjylland at Anfield on Tuesday night, Reds midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri had only made two appearances for the club this season.
Shaqiri, who started against FC Midtjylland, had a very good game in the eyes of some Liverpool supporters.
Plenty of Reds praised the Swiss international on Liverpool’s official Twitter account post-game.
Shaq was World Class lastnight
— Justin Cole (@JustinC94019825) October 28, 2020
Play him more 😁
— Sam (@SamueILFC) October 28, 2020
No-one in the current squad quite has the skill-set of Shaq with his intelligent and incisive slide-rule type passes into a box.
— Brothers Red – LFC Podcast (@BrothersRed5) October 28, 2020
Tidy and disciplined. Also gave the key pass that broke the deadlock. If only he can stay fit, Big Shaq is wonderful footballer. 👌
— Ania® (@Kulvic) October 28, 2020
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Shaqiri played the full 90 minutes against FC Midtjylland, which was great to see. Last season, Shaqiri was not available for 11 of Liverpool’s fixtures, and that was a result of injuries.
With that being the case, it was nice to see Shaqiri get through 90 minutes without any issues.
Shaqiri’s WhoScored player rating come the end of the FC Midtjylland clash was 6.72, which does suggest that he did play reasonably well. But, he was not spectacular.
Liverpool signed Shaqiri from Stoke City in 2018 for a transfer fee of €14.70 million.
Shaqiri has only made the 44 appearances for the Reds. As we mentioned earlier, Shaqiri struggled with injuries last season, which meant that he was not available for selection for a large part of the campaign.
That is one reason why he has not featured much for the Reds.
But, despite not playing much for Liverpool, Shaqiri has scored eight goals and registered five assists during his time as a Red.
The aforementioned statistics highlight that when Shaqiri has featured for the Reds, he has shown that he can score and create.
Liverpool have got a decent return from a player that was quite cheap in the transfer market.
One Liverpool supporter said after the FC Midtjylland clash that they would like to see Shaqiri play more this season.
We agree, as the aforementioned numbers highlight that he does have quality. Shaqiri just needs to stay fit and he might get more opportunity as a result.