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Shaqiri seeks “solution” to lack of Liverpool game time

By Ben Green

Published: 19:02, 19 August 2019

Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has expressed his ‘disappointment’ in having to play a peripheral role at Anfield.

The pint-sized Swiss has struggled for game time since relocating to Merseyside and has now opened the door to a Liverpool exit.

Will Shaqiri leave Liverpool? Five things to know…

  • Shaqiri was signed from relegated Stoke City last summer in a £13.5m deal.
  • He made just 11 starts in the Premier League and only two in Europe across 2018/19.
  • Already this season, Shaqiri has been an unused sub for both league matches and the Super Cup.
  • He came on in the Community Shield, but was afforded just 11 minutes in the defeat to Man City.
  • Shaqiri has confessed he is now trying to “find a solution” to his current predicament.

Shaqiri was made to play a bit-part role by Jurgen Klopp last season, and already this term the former Stoke man has been an unused substitute for matches against Norwich City, Southampton and Chelsea in the Super Cup.

As such, the 27-year-old has now broken the silence over his lack of minutes and fanned the flames on a transfer away from the club before the European market closes next month.

He told Swiss newspaper Langenthaler Tagblatt : “I’m disappointed that I did not play anymore. Nobody likes to sit on the bench.

“It’s clear that I want more time. I have to look at the situation and find a solution.”

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Ox pushes Shaqiri down the pecking order

Liverpool opted against strengthening this summer, but the return to full fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain certainly hasn’t helped Shaqiri’s cause.

The England international missed over a year of football after suffering a serious knee injury, but is back and playing a prominent role this season already, prompting Klopp to garland praise on his shoulders.

Speaking about Oxlade-Chamberlain’s performance in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Southampton, Klopp said: “Brilliant. It was different, he was outstandingly good.

“The 45 minutes on Wednesday we can now say they helped for sure. He felt the intensity and knew he was ready for it.

“We had to make changes and it was important in the centre of the park especially that we were really there, ready for all these long runs and decisive things.

“It was good to have these opportunities, and Ox was obviously not bad today.”