Xherdan Shaqiri believes Liverpool have title-winning credentials like Bayern Munich

Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri has said that Liverpool possess the title-winning credentials with the experience of the players within the first-team squad. The Merseyside outfit are currently trailing Manchester City by virtue of goal difference for the top spot but they can leapfrog them with a positive result against Manchester United in their game in hand.

Speaking to reporters, Shaqiri spoke about his time of winning titles at Bayern and believes the same can be replicated at Anfield with the positive mentality within the squad, he said: “I played in Germany and won titles there, so I have experience of it. It has to be a winning mentality and the players need to be focused.

VR Brings Football Fans Closer To The Action

At this point it’s becoming fairly widely accepted that virtual reality never quite caught fire the way it was supposed to. That doesn’t mean it’s failed. It’s certainly not “the new 3D television,” as some articles were hasty to declare when VR didn’t immediately revolutionize the entire world of technology. But it’s beginning to settle into being more of a niche tech than a new generation in and of itself.

In particular it’s becoming clearer, even through data, that virtual reality gaming isn’t catching on, and as a result some game developers are losing interest. What seemed a few years ago like the natural next iteration in high-end gaming has become a risky investment on the developer side of things, and there appears to be some thinking that continued focus on console and mobile games is wiser, at least for now.

Martin Keown believes Denis Suarez may spell trouble for Granit Xhaka’s Arsenal career

Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes the winter signing of Denis Suarez at the Emirates should provide further competition for Granit Xhaka at the heart of the midfield. The Switzerland international has been lacking the defensive awareness on multiple occasions during the ongoing campaign and Keown feels the arrival of Suarez could spell trouble for Xhaka’s position in the team.

In a report covered by The Star, Keown said that manager Unai Emery is unlikely to consider dropping the likes of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi from the starting XI and this should directly impact on Xhaka’s position, should Suarez be needed on the playing field. He added that he was surprised by the Gunners’ inability to sign a new centre-back in January, although Emery is clear with the mindset to control games after the recruitment of Suarez.
He said: “The arrival of Denis Suarez at Arsenal puts pressure on Granit Xhaka. Unai Emery is not going to drop Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi has showed promise. I am surprised Emery did not prioritise signing a defender. But this move clearly suggests that he wants to improve Arsenal’s ability to control games in midfield.”

Xherdan Shaqiri insists Liverpool did not deserve FA Cup exit

Liverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri has said that the Reds did not deserve to exit the FA Cup against Wolverhampton Wanderers without a replay. Jurgen Klopp decided to field a weakened team over the weekend amid the Reds’ Premier League challenge and the move eventually proved costly with the club being ousted from the FA Cup at the third round.

Speaking after the game, Shaqiri admitted that the players are disappointed by the outcome of the Cup tie and believes the team deserved at least a replay with the effort shown during the backend of the encounter, he told the club’s official website: “Of course, we are disappointed after this game because we lost, first of all, but I think we didn't deserve this result because we tried to play football. We tried to come back. We tried everything until the end and you cannot say the attitude wasn't there until the last minute - we tried everything. Sometimes you need luck also and the free-kick was very unlucky. I saw the ball inside already, but it never went in.”

Unai Emery pleased with Granit Xhaka’s commitment

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has admitted that he is pleased with the commitment shown from Granit Xhaka despite the Switzerland international playing out of position during the recent north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur. The Gunners had gone into the game with just one senior centre-back available in the form of Sokratis and this witnessed Xhaka slot into the heart of the defence not for the first time.

Still, the presence could not prevent the Gunners suffering a 2-0 defeat in the League Cup quarter-final but Emery was nonetheless pleased with the Swiss’ commitment in a tough situation for the club, he said: “The players are helping us with their commitment, playing in different positions because the team needs them sometimes like today, because after Sunday it was a lot of minutes on the pitch for Koscielny to play today 90 minutes. He is helping [Xhaka] and I am happy with him and his performance because his commitment to help us is very important.”

Xherdan Shaqiri hits back at Gary Neville criticism

Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri has hit back at the criticism labelled by Gary Neville earlier in the year.

The Manchester United legend had suggested that the attacker was ‘unprofessional’ and ‘inconsistent’ after he made the surprise switch to Liverpool from Stoke City in July but he has since managed to outdo his expectations with the new club.

Liverpool boss heaps praise on Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on the showing of Xherdan Shaqiri and believes the attacker can become even more influential for the Merseyside outfit. The Switzerland international joined the Reds from Stoke City during the summer transfer window and he was widely expected to perform the back-up duties behind Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane.

However, over the past month, he has managed to become more of a regular from the starting line-up and his performance during that period has unquestionably impressed Klopp. Speaking after the Reds’ 2-0 triumph over Fulham, Klopp was pleased with the progress made by Shaqiri since joining the club and tipped him to be decisive for the club as the season continues.

Arsenal legend believes Lucas Torreira has freed up Granit Xhaka

Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Martin Keown believes summer signing Lucas Torreira has revived the career of Granit Xhaka. The Switzerland international was constantly criticised for his limited mobility during the previous campaign but such issues have been few and far between this season with Torreira making up the hard yards to intercept play.

In a report covered by Metro, Keown cited that he is pleased with the club’s overturning their poor away form, which was a highlight through the 2017/18 campaign. He added that he was impressed with the grit and determination of the whole side during the recent 5-1 mauling of Fulham while indicating the balance brought about by Torreira - who has allowed Xhaka to be more creative.

Unai Emery credits Granit Xhaka’s goal for confident-boosting win

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has indicated that Granit Xhaka’s goal during the second half was influential the Gunners’ triumph over Newcastle United on Saturday. The north Londoners endured a tricky first half where they were pressurised from a number of set-pieces from the Magpies but they managed to hold on without conceding until the break.

Thereafter, Emery’s men showed their class with Granit Xhaka netting a 49th-minute with a neat free-kick and the lead was doubled before the hour mark after Mesut Ozil scored in what was his 200th appearance for the club. The Magpies were never in the game during the second period but they managed to provide a nervy ending for the Gunners after scoring a consolation two minutes from time.

Xherdan Shaqiri eyeing trophy success with Liverpool

Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri is aiming to winning trophies with Liverpool having joined them from Stoke City earlier in the summer. The attacker had made his mind up to leave the Potters following their top-flight relegation last term and Jurgen Klopp thereafter managed to pounce on his services after his impressive display at the World Cup.

Speaking to reporters, Shaqiri has now suggested his ambition to win regular silverware with the Reds and believes the club are more than capable of doing so after showcasing their dominance over Manchester City last season, he said: “For me, nothing is impossible. We can be everything we want to be. We beat Manchester City in the league and the Champions League last season so I think we can beat anyone in the world. It has to be our ambition to compete with the best and to go on the field against whoever we play trying to win the game and dominate the game. Our aim is to win as many titles as possible. That is the goal of the club now and we are looking forward to the season.”

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