Klopp “really happy” with Xherdan Shaqiri’s performance in United stalemate

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Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp was singing the praises of Xherdan Shaqiri after giving the player a surprise starting role against Manchester United.

It was Shaqiri’s first Premier League start of the season and the Switzerland international impressed, as he tried to provide a more effective link between Liverpool’s midfield and attack.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, when asked about Shaqiri’s contribution, Klopp said:

“Shaq is in a really good shape. He maybe could have played a little bit longer but I was not sure, it’s just a long time not playing. But he was really good, especially the first half an hour Shaq was really there. That helped massively. I was really happy about that.”

Klopp also seemed happy with the overall improvement in Liverpool’s game against United, despite still failing to score.

“A lot of really good individual performances. When you think about the last two games, especially this was a massive improvement and that’s important obviously. That was much more us, if not completely us, and so I’m fine with that. And now we keep going.”

Liverpool will play Burnley at home on Thursday night in the league before they face United again on Sunday in the fourth round of the FA Cup. That game is at Old Trafford and kicks off at 5pm.

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