Shaqiri Ready for Liverpool Run with Masterclass for Switzerland


Liverpool newcomer Xherdan Shaqiriwas at his influential best as Switzerland sealed a 6-0 win over Iceland in their UEFA Nations League clash on Saturday.

Shaqiri is yet to make his full debut for the Reds after completing his £13.75 million move from Stoke Cityin July, but has already shown promise.

An excellent pre-season was followed by a fine cameo in the closing stages of the 2-1 win at Leicester City, helping preserve a marginal lead at the King Power.

But he’s yet to take centre stage for his new club, with Naby Keita,Mohamed Salah,Sadio Mane and Roberto Firminopreferred in his various positions.

For Switzerland, however, he remains a key man, and played a crucial part in their thrashing of Iceland at the Kybunpark.

Interestingly, he took up the No. 10 role for Vladimir Petkovic’s side, and took the reins in a brilliant attacking display that saw him fuel the Swiss attack.

The 26-year-old drifted across the forward line, and was particularly impressive when dropping deep and threading passes through the deep-sitting Iceland defence for his fellow attackers.

His prowess from set-pieces certainly caught the eye, and his free-kicks led to two goals for the hosts, with Denis Zakaria eventually turning home for one and Shaqiri claiming another himself.

Shaqiri could have registered an assist from a corner on Ajeti, but the centre-back was unable to direct his header goalwards, though he had already netted on 71 minutes.

He also worked hard to keep the pressure up whenever Iceland looked to gain control, seemingly reinvigorated following his move to Anfield.

The final whistle blew in St Gallen with the score at 6-0, with Zakaria, Shaqiri, Ajeti, Steven Zubar, Haris Seferovic and Admir Mehmedi the goal scorers.

Already a firm favourite among Liverpool supporters, the new No. 23 was widely praised on social media.

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