Xherdan Shaqiri Cameos Offer Liverpool Reminder Of His Talents

Xherdan Shaqiri Cameos Offer Liverpool Reminder Of His Talents

After missing the vast majority of last season through a succession of niggling calf injuries, Xherdan Shaqiri has given Liverpool a timely reminder of his abilities over the course of the last week. Coming off the bench against Midtjylland and West Ham respectively, the Swiss international was key to the Reds eking out two wins that could prove to be vitally important come the campaign's end. Against the Danes in the Champions League at Anfield, Shaqiri played a beautiful, against …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 West Ham United

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 West Ham United

With minimal rest between games and an extremely unfortunate recent injury record, Liverpool are battling, hard, each week. Late on Saturday evening, West Ham United went to Anfield without their in-form striker Michail Antonio, but still with a clear, disruptive game plan in mind. David Moyes' West Ham were structured in a 5-4-1 system, with a deep low block designed for defenders to double up on Mo Salah and Sadio Mané, and minimise the spaces between defenders for those players …
Liverpool 2-1 West Ham: Who Was Man of the Match?

Liverpool 2-1 West Ham: Who Was Man of the Match?

Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier with a hard-fought 2-1 win over West Ham United at Anfield. The Reds went a goal down early on but once again showed an incredible mentality to battle on and steal all three points. We weren’t at our best but the result is the most important thing, especially in this horrifically congested, soulless season. In goal, Alisson had very little to do and didn’t have much of a chance for the West …
Liverpool Player Ratings: Subs rally Reds past Hammers

Liverpool Player Ratings: Subs rally Reds past Hammers

Liverpool beat West Ham United 2-1 at Anfield, after coming from behind, with Diogo Jota scoring a late winner at the Kop End. Pablo Fornals put West Ham ahead early in the game with a neat strike that gave Alisson no chance in the Reds' goal. After plenty of huffing and puffing, the Reds were gifted a penalty late in the first half, when Arthur Masuaku fouled Mohamed Salah in the box. The Egyptian made no mistake with the penalty. …
Jota Fires Limp Liverpool To Hammers Victory

Jota Fires Limp Liverpool To Hammers Victory

A late goal from substitute Diogo Jota saw Liverpool grind out an unspectacular 2-1 victory over West Ham United at Anfield. After trailing 1-0 to a Pablo Fornals goal for the visitors, the hosts rallied and leveled through a Mohamed Salah penalty near the half time mark. Then, after a double change from manager Jurgen Klopp, Jota -- after an assist from fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri -- cooly fired home the winner. It was an insipid showing, but, as ever, …
Shaqiri's the odd man out as Klopp's Liverpool squad evolves

Shaqiri's the odd man out as Klopp's Liverpool squad evolves

There were quite rightly a few eyebrows raised during Liverpool's recent Champions League victory over Ajax when Klopp decided to rotate his entire front three. Mané, Salah and Firmino were replaced by Minamino, Jota and the lesser spotted Xherdan Shaqiri in the vital 1-0 win. Both Jota and Minamino turned in bright displays, with the former continuing to impress in his early Anfield career. Yet with Shaqiri, who is seen less and less frequently even in the match day squads, …
Liverpool Advance Thanks To Lincoln Assassination

Liverpool Advance Thanks To Lincoln Assassination

Liverpool will play Arsenal in the fourth round of the League Cup after they thumped Lincoln City 7-2 away. A brace of goals from both Takumi Minamino and Curtis Jones, as well as further strikes from Divock Origi, Marko Grujic, and Xherdan Shaqiri sealed the much-changed Reds' passage into the next round. The game was seen as a shop window for some of Liverpool's fringe players and Shaqiri, in particular, would have done either his prospects of remaining part of …
Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool: Observations from an inexplicable defeat

Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool: Observations from an inexplicable defeat

Liverpool have cruised to the Premier League title with such a blissful ease this season that rival fans will see this immensely frustrating run of games as just deserts. On Saturday, the overly-merciful Reds were the victims of a vintage smash-and-grab. Here, they served up victory to a rotated Arsenal side on a silver platter. It's now two wins and two defeats in the five games since they became champions. Liverpool lose without playing badly... again It would be outrageous …
Is forgotten man Minamino ready to star?

Is forgotten man Minamino ready to star?

What's been the best performance by an opposition player at Anfield this season? It's obvious, isn't it? Takumi Minamino's masterclass for Salzburg in the Champions League was a joy to watch at times, even if he was doing his best to rob Liverpool of group stage points. The Japanese caught the eye throughout on a balmy European night, scoring a superb volley and often running the show with subtle touches and endless running. The Reds ended up winning 4-3 in …
How Xherdan Shaqiri escaped war to help Liverpool conquer Europe

How Xherdan Shaqiri escaped war to help Liverpool conquer Europe

When Xherdan Shaqiri fled war-torn Yugoslavia as a child, he couldn’t possibly have dreamt of becoming one of the stars of one of the biggest Champions League comebacks of all time. But Shaqiri’s story is anything but ordinary. The diminutive winger’s career started in his adopted home of Switzerland, the nation he’d go on to earn 80 caps full senior caps with. He earned his club breakthrough with Basel, first with their second team before progressing to the first team, …
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