By Connor Varnish – @cvarn4
Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri is proving to be a bargain, costing only £13.5m over the summer in a market where players of similar quality go for upwards of five times that figure.
The Reds’ new man is proving to be the shrewdest piece of transfer business in England this season with five goals and two assists in all competitions to his name. Did I mention that he’s made most of his impact coming off the bench?
Shaqiri’s two goals against Manchester United were the Swiss’ latest contribution to the Reds. Albeit two deflected goals, Xherdan Shaqiri was more than deserving of finding the back of the net twice, as he always managed to manoeuvre himself into dangerous scoring positions.
Shaqiri is the super sub Liverpool fans have been dreaming of for years. Liverpool teams of the past have suffered massively for not having a game changer available off the bench – but it appears that search is finally over.
Although not the most pacey winger, Shaqiri more than makes up for it with his attacking wit and his ability to pick out a pass or line up a strike with his lethal left foot. But what does the man have to do to earn a starting spot?
The Swiss has been a man in form for Jurgen’s Reds over the past month, and it’s got fans questioning what the Swiss has to do to warrant a spot in the starting XI. Luckily for Shaqiri, he’ll have plenty of opportunities in a jam-packed fixture list coming up.
We’ve seen a fair bit of rotation in the past few matches of this festive period, and Jurgen Klopp will undoubtedly look to his squad once again in the upcoming games to see out the month of December.
Shaqiri’s heroics against United will have Klopp convinced as to how vital to the Liverpool attack Shaqiri is– It wouldn’t be far fetched to say that we should anticipate quite a few starts for our Swiss international in the coming weeks.
With a fixture against Newcastle, mixed in with two important clashes with Arsenal and Manchester City all within a two-week span, Liverpool will have no choice but to call upon the services of their £13.5m-man to unlock some defences in order to see Liverpool remain atop of the Premier League.