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10 October 1991
|Place of Birth||
1.69 m (5'7")
Xherdan Shaqiri (born 10 October 1991) is a Swiss international footballer who plays as a winger for Liverpool, having signed from Stoke in 2018.
After a lengthy previous campaign, Liverpool required more depth in attack, with no options on the wing to rotate with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. This resulted in both being very tired towards the end of the season, effecting their performances.
Liverpool had previously been interested in Shaqiri under Brendan Rodgers in 2014, but had been shot down by Bayern Munich. After three years impressing at Stoke, despite the club’s relegation, Jurgen Klopp decided to renew the interest.
On 13 July 2018, reports stated that Shaqiri was undergoing a medical after a deal had been agreed with Stoke. This deal was confirmed the same day, with a Shaqiri signing a five-year deal for a reported fee of £13,750,000.
It was confirmed that Shaqiri would wear the number 23 shirt, recently vacated by Emre Can.
On 28 July 2018, Shaqiri made his first appearance for the club, coming on as a half-time substitution in a 4-2 friendly win over Manchester United. Shaqiri made an instant impact, rounding off the scoring with a superb overhead kick, having already assisted Daniel Sturridge for the second goal.
On 12 August 2018, Shaqiri made his competitive debut, coming on as a late substitute in a 4-0 win over West Ham. Shaqiri regularly featured on the bench during the opening weeks, but made impressive substitute outings against Leicester and PSG.
Shaqiri started for the first time on 22 September, playing a massive part in two of the Reds’ goals in a 3-0 victory over Southampton. A week later, Shaqiri assisted a Daniel Sturridge wondergoal from the bench in a 1-1 draw away to Chelsea. On 20 October, Shaqiri picked up another assist, with a sublime throughball for Mohamed Salah’s opener in a 1-0 win over Huddersfield. Four days later, the Swiss winger picked up an assist for his third consecutive appearance, assisting Salah in a 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade.
On 27 October 2018, Shaqiri scored his first Liverpool goal, coming on as a substitute and showing some amazing footwork to evade the defenders before slotting home Liverpool's third in a 4-1 win over Cardiff. Two weeks later, Shaqiri sealed a 2-0 win over Fulham with a quality volley from an Andy Robertson cross.
Shaqiri's improved form led to more first-team opportunities, and he became relied upon as a creative spark from the midfield, earning a start in the 1-0 Merseyside Derby win. On 5 December, Shaqiri rounded off a 3-1 win away to Burnley, finely finishing off a smooth counter attack in the dying seconds of the game.
On 16 December 2018, Shaqiri had his biggest game in a Red shirt, coming on as a substitute while the game was level against Manchester United. Three minutes after coming on, Shaqiri met a loose ball in the penalty area with his weak foot, and a deflection carried it over De Gea to give Liverpool the lead. Then, less than ten minutes later the Swiss met a strike on the edge of the area, and another deflection took it into the far corner to give the Reds a 3-1 win.
A week later, Shaqiri grabbed his sixth of the season, finishing into an empty net to score Liverpool’s third in a 4-0 win over Newcastle.
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- Xherdan Shaqiri player profile at LFCHistory.net
|Liverpool F.C. – current squad|
| 1. Alisson • 2. Clyne • 3. Fabinho • 4. van Dijk • 5. Wijnaldum • 6. Lovren • 7. Milner • 8. Keita • 9. Firmino • 10. Mane •|
11. Salah • 12. Gomez • 13. Adrian • 14. Henderson (c) • 15. Oxlade-Chamberlain • 16. Grujic • 20. Lallana •
22. Lonergan • 23. Shaqiri • 24. Brewster • 26. Robertson • 27. Origi • 32. Matip • 40. Kent • 47. Phillips • 48. Jones •
51. Hoever • 53. Ejaria • 54. Ojo • 55. Kane • 58. Woodburn • 59. Wilson • 62. Kelleher • 65. Larouci •
66. Alexander-Arnold • 67. Elliott • 68. Chirivella • 72. van den Berg • GK Karius • MF Allan • FW Awoniyi