Liverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri has this afternoon opened up on his struggles for game-time, admitting that, though he is becoming increasingly frustrated, he is nevertheless ‘ready’ to contribute. Hit-and-miss debut Liverpool campaign
27-year-old Swiss international Shaqiri made the move to Anfield last summer from Stoke City, for a fee of £13.5 million.
The former Bayern Munich man was brought in to add depth to Liverpool’s front-line, with his performances over the first-half of the season having suggested another inspired piece of business on the part of the Reds’ board.
By the turn of the year, Shaqiri had already racked up 6 goals and 3 assists across all competitions, including a match-winning brace after being introduced off the bench versus Manchester United in December.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 16: Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool celebrates following his sides victory in the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The second-half of the campaign, though, proved a different story.
Amid a dip in form, the gifted left-footer struggled for game-time, with Shaqiri having failed to find the net once since the turn of the year. ‘Of course I’m dissatisfied’
And the opening months of the new season have not proven much kinder to the Swiss star.
To this point, Shaqiri has managed just 3 appearances across all competitions, for a paltry total of 14 minutes on the pitch.
As such, speaking in an interview with Schweizer Illustrierte earlier today, the 27-year-old was inevitably questioned on his recent struggles for game-time.
And Shaqiri was not shy in admitting to being ‘dissatisfied’ with his role:
‘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. He (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.’
Significantly, though, the former Bayern Munich man added:
‘I have never had a problem with the coach. He knows that I am ready.’