One or two eyebrows were raised yesterday when Xherdan Shaqiri came on against Napoli, appearing to fill in in Roberto Firmino’s false-9 role.
The Switzerland international, normally a winger at Stoke City and other previous clubs, occupied something of a free role in between Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah – and looked absolutely superb.
Watch these Shaqiri highlights below as he pops up on the left flank, right flank and in the centre to do all sorts of damage to Napoli.
Many felt the 26-year-old often looked a little lazy at Stoke, but this lively performance shows he’s far from that.
🔥 | Xherdan Shaqiri’s highlights from yesterday’s match. He’s an absolute machine, so much for him being ‘lazy.’ pic.twitter.com/6s52xpRsLM
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In fairness, many players have been revitalised playing under Jurgen Klopp, so perhaps our summer signing will be the latest to take his game to a new level.
Things certainly look very exciting as the new season fast approaches…