Liverpool fans are calling for the introduction of Xherdan Shaqiri after seeing their side head into half-time 1-0 down at home to Crystal Palace.
The Premier League leaders went behind against the run of play in the 34th minute when Andros Townsend met Wilfried Zaha’s pull-back with a clinical finish beyond Alisson.
It was the former that did the hard work, beating make-shift right-back James Milner with his pace on the out-side to add the required touch of quality after his side’s quick break.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were left frustrated for much of the first half as the visitors adopted a deep defensive setup in view of catching Liverpool on the counterattack.
With Naby Keita struggling to make an impact and Sadio Mane looking uncomfortable on the right-hand side, Reds are eager to see Shaqiri enter the action…
Shocking first half 👎🏻 huge improvement needed from whole team! Keita non existent in the first half! Shaqiri needs to be brought on now!
— Bobby Firmino (@Dannyoconnor888) January 19, 2019
Shaqiri needs to come on, and be an auto starter when playing against teams that will just sit back and rely on organisation when defending.
— JC (@JC_2594) January 19, 2019
This game is crying out for Shaqiri
— Anthony Bowling (@abowling4ua) January 19, 2019
Shaqiri on at half time to unlock this back 10!
— ***** (@lfc5timesssss) January 19, 2019
Keita on the left never works. No idea why Klopp keeps doing it. Either play him in the centre or get Shaqiri on. #LFC
— Sufyaan (@LFC_18_5) January 19, 2019
This looks a game for Shaqiri not Naby Keita at the moment. #LIVCRY
— Muzi 💙 (@Moozment) January 19, 2019
Keita has been horrible so far. Shaqiri would have been lot better. Liverpool has to step up their game in the second half. Comeon boys we can get 2 goals#LIVCRY
— Nizamul Bhuyan (@NizamulBhuyan1) January 19, 2019
Shaqiri is massively needed.
— The Anfield Truth (@AnfieldTruth) January 19, 2019