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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.
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.
Better news is Shaqiri not injured, just tactical from Klopp, who wanted more control in midfield 3, especially out wide defensively. Means he can now play Wednesday. #LFC- David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) September 22, 2018
Klopp confirms Shaqiri was a tactical change: "He is not injured, I just wanted to control the game more." #LFC- David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) September 22, 2018
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.
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.
"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.
Xherdan Shaqiri was the best player in the first 45 minutes, but Klopp took him off... :eyes: https://t.co/coJhQ8Jibn- SPORTbible (@sportbible) September 22, 2018
Will the 26-year-old get much game time this season?
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