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Xherdan Shaqiri says he has no problem with Jurgen Klopp

Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri has clarified that he has no concerns with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp despite the fact that he has barely played for the Reds this term. The attacker experienced a tough second half to the previous season where he was regularly on the bench and the same trend has continued this term.


Speaking to Schweizer Illustrierte, Shaqiri acknowledged that he is frustrated with the situation but he does not hold any grudges with the manager, he told: “Of course I'm dissatisfied that I do not play more often. If that is not the reaction of a pro, he's in the wrong job. [Klopp] cannot personally discuss the role of each player, that's normal. We have a big, talented squad, and many have to wait for their chance. I have never had a problem with the coach. He knows that I am ready.”

Shaqiri made the move to the Reds from Stoke City last year and he was influential towards the team’s performances during the opening half of the 2018/19 season where he contributed a number of goals and assists. However, his form dipped as the Reds approached the second half of the campaign and that coincided with Divock Origi getting the regular nod ahead of him.

In the current campaign, Shaqiri has made four appearances from the bench but he has not had much time to influence the proceedings with an average of just six minutes per game. His playing time could improve during the hectic schedule in the festive period but until then, he may have to remain patient and hope to take advantage of any injury setbacks for the regulars.

Liverpool have made a strong beginning to the league season and they are presently at the top of the table with 24 points on the board. The Reds are already eight points ahead of second-placed Manchester City and it remains to be seen whether they can sustain the advantage for the season and secure their maiden Premier League title.