Xherdan Shaqiri’s Individual Highlights Against Manchester United Are A Must Watch
It is understood that Liverpool paid £13.5 million for Xherdan Shaqiri, a piece of business that could turn out to be the bargain of the season if he replicates his performance against Manchester United throughout the coming days, weeks and months.
Former Stoke City winger Shaqiri didn't just score the goal of the game - a magnificent overhead kick in the second half - but he contributed so much in the final third.
It looks like he's played with his teammates for years, which is possibly the biggest compliment you could pay to a new signing.
Just check out his individual highlights from his performance against Jose Mourinho's side.
Few clips of Xherdan Shaqiri debut for Liverpool > You should probably watch it pic.twitter.com/Z8etz73Xvs- molfc (@Molfc__) July 29, 2018
Jurgen Klopp described him as "not normal" after the final whistle, saying he played better than he expected.
"Yeah it was good, it's not normal that a player after four days adapts so well to the style of play. It was better than I would have expected." Klopp said when asked about the 26-year-old's performance.
"But today was a game that was quite easy to come into."
Scenes when Klopp's masterstroke plan all along has been using Shaqiri as a CAM- Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) July 28, 2018
Now for Klopp. On Shaqiri goal..- Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) July 28, 2018
"Yeah it was good. It's not normal that a player after four days adapts so well to the style of play. It was better than I would have expected. But today was a game that was quite easy to come into." #LFC #MUFC pic.twitter.com/n3DRteh4q6
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He's certainly proving people wrong on the pitch, especially Gary Neville and Phil Neville, who labelled the former Inter Mlian attacker as "unprofessional" and "a disgrace."
Shaqiri's former teammate Charlie Adam, who often appears as a pundit, also accused him of going missing when the Potters were relegated from the Premier League last season.
Earlier this week, the Switzerland international has hit back at the two brothers, however, claiming that they might be criticising him for joining up with the Reds, the biggest rival of Man United. He said via Telegraph:
"They [the Nevilles] were Manchester United players. Maybe they don't like Liverpool! Some people like you, some people don't like you. I don't want to comment on what is said by people I don't know," he said.
"I think I played three years already in the Premier League and I've proved I can play here. I can score goals and give assists. I know the league well. I have a lot of experience. I think my score points speak for themselves. I was the top scorer in the team with goals and assists, so I don't have to say any more.
"I think everybody knows that [I was the best player last season]. My conscience is clear."
Stoke were heavily reliant on Shaqiri last season but he will find himself lower in the pecking order this time around with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, such is the depth and quality of their attacking options."
Can he become a key player for Liverpool this season?
It might take a while to oust the likes of Mane, Firmino and Salah out the team, but you cannot deny the impact Shaqiri could make from the bench.
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