Last night was not quite the game we were all expecting it to be, for more reasons than one, however, a shining performance that may have gone overlooked after Thiago Alcantara’s introduction was that of Xherdan Shaqiri’s.
Providing two vital assists to help kill off the game, with the Reds only 2-1 up against Aston Villa’s kids, the Swiss international helped provide a much-welcome injection of creativity into a stale Liverpool attack.
We know it’s utterly insane to talk about given this wasn’t the Villans first-XI that we were facing, but credit must be given where it’s due and the winger is fully deserving of any and all plaudits that are sent his way.
Last night, Shaqiri’s 30-minute-cameo helped drive Jurgen Klopp’s men on with a rallying second-half performance to seal the win we so desperately needed.
It’s a constant source of frustration for Reds fans that the 29-year-old is rarely given the nod to help change a game, though we do have to accept it’s hard not to trust our usual world-class lineup to do the job.
You can catch the clip below:
Xherdan Shaqiri v Aston Villa (A) FA Cup 20/21 pic.twitter.com/tEvo2jUFOn
— GDon ☬ (@lfcgdon) January 8, 2021