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Xherdan Shaqiri Slammed Because He 'Isn't A Champion' By Swiss Manager

Xherdan Shaqiri Slammed Because He 'Isn't A Champion' By Swiss Manager

Xherdan Shaqiri has been criticised in his home country of Switzerland for 'not being a champion,' despite numerous titles won in Germany and England.

Last week Shaqiri, along with the rest of his Liverpool teammates, were crowned Premier League champions for the first time when Manchester City failed to beat Chelsea.

It's actually the Switzerland star's sixth national league title, having won three titles in Switzerland with Basel and two Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich, but he's been criticised back at home for not making telling contributions with Liverpool and Bayern.

"Xherdan is not a champion," former FC Sion manager told Arno Rossini told Tio, "We certainly cannot say that he left his mark with the teams with which he won. Not with the big guys at least. He was the protagonist in Basel, certainly not at Bayern or Liverpool.

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"Let's say that over the years he has often followed the games of his teams as a spectator, sitting in the best places. And millions have also been paid for it."

Shaqiri missed 11 games this season through injury but has only played 175 minutes of Premier League football across six games, starting twice and coming on as a substitute on four occasions.

Back in January the former Stoke City forward came on as a substitute in the 1-0 win against Spurs in January, replacing Mo Salah in injury time, but he hasn't played since, with his last start coming against Watford in December.

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The 28-year-old appeared on more occasions throughout his Bundesliga wins in 2012/13 and 2013/14 but didn't start many games and was an unused substitute in both Champions League finals his sides won.

Rossini also said the former Inter forward wouldn't be remembered, adding, "Of course, Xherdan is filling the bulletin board and seeing his bank account grow dramatically; I don't know how many, in 10 years, will remember him thinking about the great teams in which he has played."

Shaqiri celebrates with the Champions League trophy. Image: PA Images
Shaqiri celebrates with the Champions League trophy. Image: PA Images

The Swiss star, who has a World Cup hat-trick to his name, joined Jurgen Klopp's side from Stoke in 2018 for £13.5 million, after Stoke were relegated, and his contract runs until 2023.

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It's not likely that he'll remain at Anfield for too much longer, with rumours suggesting he could leave in the summer, but at least he will leave Merseyside having won the Premier League and Champions League.

Does Shaqiri deserve the criticism from Switzerland or do you consider him a deserving champion? Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Premier League, Germany, Jurgen Klopp, Xherdan Shaqiri, Champions League, Bayern Munich, Switzerland

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