Jurgen Klopp has explained that Xherdan Shaqiri has been suffering with a slight injury over the last few weeks, which has contributed to his lack of game time.
Klopp also suggested that a change in formation would be required to fit the Swiss international in, which would not have suited the rest of the players because of the opponents the Reds have faced recently.
Via the Liverpool Echo, Klopp said: “He had a little injury and was out [for Bournemouth at home]. There was something with his back and he needed a little time.
“With the line-up we had and system wise, it wasn’t difficult but we have to change a little bit if Shaq is playing. For the last few games, we didn’t do that. He’s fully fit now.”
Tomorrow’s game against Burnley could be the game to bring him back in, given Sean Dyche’s side will be doing little in the way of attacking.
Equally, it could be good to keep him in reserve as an impact player from the bench should it be required.
Whether Shaqiri starts or not, getting the three points will be vital for the Reds. Depending on Manchester City’s result against Watford this evening, the gap to the top could be four points, so the pressure will be on.