Merseyside club forward Xherdan Shaqiri has confessed he’s been left feeling ‘downbeat’ over a lack of playing time under German tactician this campaign. Switzerland international has only made substitute appearances in the Premier League this term, coming on in the second half with Man City, Burnley and Newcastle United.
It was a similar story on Tuesday evening as Xherdan was introduced in the 87th minute of Reds 2-0 defeat away to Napoli in the Champions League. Though Shaqiri refuses to blame Jurgen Klopp for his lack of game-time, the 27-year-old winger admits he’s been left frustrated in recent weeks.
‘It is not easy for me, of course, I am a little downbeat,’ the Swiss attacker said. ‘You have to be able to handle that, and you have to accept it, I was always still in the team. ‘You cannot ask the coach to play every match.’ Amid his frustrations, Xherdan insists he’s happy with life at Anfield under ‘great boss’ Klopp.
‘I feel very comfortable here,’ Shaqiri added. ‘We have a great manager, a great club. There’s a family feel. ‘I hope we can bring the PL back to Liverpool after 30 years.’ Swiss star joined the Merseyside club from Stoke City in 2018 with a €15m deal.
Last campaign, he played 30 matches, scored six goals and provided five assists in all tournaments. He is a regular member of the national team line-up and also helped them to reach the playoff in the 2018 World Cup, but after losing 1-0 against Sweden, they knocked out from the competition.