Xherdan Shaqiri has withdrawn from the Switzerland squad ahead of the international break because he wants to focus on regaining his first-team place at Liverpool.
Shaqiri’s involvement thus far this season has been restricted to an 11-minute cameo in the Community Shield.
You might expect him to look to force a move if he senses his prospects are bleak, but instead he’s demonstrating an encouraging attitude.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) August 30, 2019
Clearly, he intends to fight for a greater role, with Jurgen Klopp poised to step-up his squad rotation when the fixture congestion intensifies next month.
The manager will surely be pleased to see the value Shaqiri places on his club commitments.
He’s willing to miss out on two potentially important European Championship qualifiers.
Considering the fallout which may ensue if the Swiss’ hopes suffer a setback, it’s a bold call.
Shaqiri will be among those plugging away at Melwood as their called-up team-mates jet off, while the likes of Alisson Becker and Naby Keita seek to make steps in their recoveries from injury.