Liverpool manager has admitted his frustration at Xherdan Shaqiri’s fitness record this campaign. Supposed seen as a valuable cover for the Reds front three, Switzerland international has just played ten games this campaign, starting on only three of those occasions.
Xherdan did make a late cameo appearance off the bench in the 1-0 win at Tottenham two weeks ago, but after sustaining a muscle injury in training, he was absent from the squad for the victories over Man United and Wolves.
That blow will also keep Shaqiri out of the FA Cup fourth-round trip to Shrewsbury Town on the weekend, and the German tactician has admitted his concerns over the attacker ahead of the game. “It is not cool, absolutely not cool but maybe there are different reasons,” said Jurgen Klopp.
“He is an exceptional player in different departments. So far, it was never big, but it was always enough to get him out, I can imagine that it is frustrating, it is frustrating for him and not suitable for us.
“We work on that. We don’t want to bring in a situation where it constantly happens, but so far we didn’t find 100 per cent the solution for it, so we have to see.” The 28-year-old winger has only played the full 90 minutes for Liverpool once this term when he scored in the 5-2 Premier League victory against Everton.
Jurgen has rebuffed loan bids from Sevilla and Roma for the former Stoke City star, but he is expected to be allowed to leave Liverpool in the summer should a bid of around £25m be made for his services.