Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Xherdan Shaqiri missed the victory over Wolves due to a minor hamstring injury.
A Sadio Mané strike late in the first half was enough to give The Reds a very hard-fought victory at Anfield, restoring a 13-point lead at the top of the table for Klopp’s men, with a game in hand.
Speaking to BBC Sport in a post-match interview, Klopp disclosed that Xherdan Shaqiri would have played against Wolves but for a hamstring injury which is currently keeping him out.
“Shaqiri should have started but last night he felt a little bit the hamstring.
“Now he’s out, not for long but maybe a week or 10 days.”
Shaqiri’s first season at the club was hampered by persistent injury problems but he had finally managed to get back to full fitness for the start of the current campaign. However, with Takumi Minamino arriving this week from Red Bull Salzburg, Shaqiri could find his game-time even more limited in the second half of the season.
The Switzerland international is still just 28 and has shown that he can make a difference when coming off the bench, linking particularly well with Mohamed Salah, at times. It would be a shame to see his time at Anfield come to a premature end.
Here’s hoping “Shaq” overcomes his current injury problem and plays some part in Liverpool’s run-in, both in the Premier League and Champions League between now and May.
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