We were surprised and in truth, a little disappointed last night to see Xherdan Shaqiri out of the Liverpool squad.
He was tremendous in the game before v Lincoln, smashing in a stunning freekick, and we assumed he’d be on the right wing for the Arsenal clash…
But Jurgen Klopp picked Harry Wilson instead, with the Swiss nowhere to be seen – with many Liverpool fans assuming he’d simply picked up another injury.
“I don’t want to say something about [his future]. He is not injured and he didn’t do anything wrong. It is the time of year where the manager gets some info and then we have to act,” Klopp told reporters – intimating a bid for the midfielder has arrived.
At EOTK, we’d be more inclined to keep Shaqiri and sell Divock Origi – but the Belgian has Klopp’s faith and will be staying – while Shaq and Rhian Brewster are up for sale – as is Wilson, the man who missed the decisive penalty last night.
Shaq’s career at Anfield has not been one that has featured too many minutes, but definitely some amazing moments.
He scored a brace that downed Manchester United, and most famously, delivered the cross for Gini Wijnaldum’s header v Barcelona.
As a result, he’ll always be welcomed back with open arms by the supporters – and we still reckon we can make a profit on what we paid Stoke a few years back.
Shaqiri's leaving? Klopp gives an update on Shaqiri's absence 🤷♂️🇨🇭 pic.twitter.com/fXDDx7NU84
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