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What Jurgen Klopp Did For Xherdan Shaqiri At Half-Time After Subbing Him Is Class

What Jurgen Klopp Did For Xherdan Shaqiri At Half-Time After Subbing Him Is Class

Jurgen Klopp has revealed what he did for Xherdan Shaqiri after substituting him at half-time.

The Swiss midfielder started his first Premier League game for Liverpool on Saturday against Southampton and produced heroics, creating Mohamed Salah's goal courtesy of a superb free-kick.

But Shaqiri's outing lasted just 45 minutes.

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At half-time, Klopp re-jigged his team by drafting on James Milner in replace of Shaqiri.

It was a purely tactical decision as the German boss confirmed no injury to the player.

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And, uncharacteristically, he explained the substitution to Shaqiri in a brilliant gesture.

"It was not easy, to be honest. It's my job to sometimes deliver news nobody wants to hear," Klopp told liverpoolfc.com.

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Klopp added: "That's how it was at half-time but he is a fantastic boy. I explained it to him so it's no problem.

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"Usually I don't explain substitutions at half-time but I thought it made sense.

"It's just good to have him; the free-kick was outstanding. That's good.

"The whole team was not used to what we did today. As a new player, usually you struggle most but he didn't - he tried everything. The only problem was defensively. Offensively, it was a good idea but, how I said, we have to work on that more often. But he was good and I liked it."

Despite only playing one half of football, Liverpool fans liked what they saw from their summer signing.

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Will the 26-year-old get much game time this season?

Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Football, Xherdan Shaqiri

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