Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has revealed that he has heard exciting things from a “couple of people” about Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Switzerland international is currently on the sidelines with a muscle issue he picked up on international duty. Indeed, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that no-one at the club knew about the issue for some time.
However, the 29-year-old had looked excitingly sharp before that, notching a goal and an assist in five appearances. But his form was increasingly promising after his injury struggles last term.
Murphy has now said that he expects Shaqiri to have a crucial impact when he returns from his absence.
I think [Diogo] Jota coming in has helped massively,” the pundit said (via the Daily Mirror).
“And I’ve spoken to a couple of people who have all said Shaqiri looks really sharp.
“He got a little knock on international duty but I’m expecting him to have more of an impact this season.”
Shaqiri only made 11 appearances in all competitions last season, including only seven in the Premier League.
That meant he was just over the threshold to qualify for a Premier League winners’ medal.
However, he has already made five outings this term and so is on course to play a strong role in Klopp’s plans. Indeed, he could prove to be crucial amid the Reds’ current injury problems.
Liverpool have Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all out. What’s more, Shaqiri will be a useful rotation option with the club’s busy schedule.
But Murphy believes that Klopp should rest his case when it comes to complaining about the short turnaround in matches.
Klopp should stop complaining
“I very rarely hear players moaning about it, it’s the coaches,” Murphy added.
“Of course you’re going to get frustrated when there’s a few injuries, especially muscle injuries, but it’s part and parcel and it has been for years.
“This ongoing argument about too many games – look, we’re in a bizarre time, the season finished late, the new one started early, we’ve got the Euros coming up…
“The games have got to be played, it’s as simple as that.
“He might, as he has done before, just have to sacrifice the lesser competitions and just stay focused on the Prem and the Champions League, and not worry about the others.”
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