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Xherdan Shaqiri issued Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp a reminder of his talent after setting up Switzerland's first goal at Euro 2020.
The 29-year-old delivered an inch-perfect corner kick at the start of the second-half, which Breel Embolo expertly connected with to leave Wales trailing in the contest.
Shaqiri was one of the more impressive performers in a closely contested affair and could be considered unlucky to have been withdrawn from proceedings in the 66th minute.
Wales struggled to deal with Switzerland's set-piece deliveries from the opening stages of the game and were pleased to see Shaqiri withdrawn with over 25 minutes remaining.
The Dragons' caretaker Rob Page boss admitted after the match that Shaqiri's movement in the final third proved to be an issue throughout the match as he praised the performance of the Liverpool forward.
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 12: Xherdan Shaqiri (23) of Switzerland control the ball during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group A match between Wales and Switzerland at Baku Olympic Stadium on June 12, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Aziz Karimov/Getty Images)
“We knew Switzerland were going to have a lot of the ball so we had to be solid and well-organised defensively and I thought we did that in the first-half," he said.
“We said at half-time we were doing the right things defensively.
“Shaqiri was causing us a few problems with the counter-movement, where he was going in behind and the centre-forward was dropping in – which we dealt with."
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Former Wales boss Mark Hughes was also in agreement with Page and suggested that Shaqiri's exiting the field of play influenced the final scoreline.
"I thought that the Shaqiri substitution changed the game in our favour. Once he went off, we got on the ball a lot more," he said.
"Switzerland just recognised the weakness we had in the middle of the box and they had the quality of delivery [for the goal]."
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Appearances have proved hard to come by in the last two seasons for Shaqiri
Shaqiri started only eight matches for Liverpool this season, having struggled with injuries as well as falling out of favour at the club.
The Swiss star was an instant hit in his first campaign with the Reds in 2018/19, flourishing as a right-sided attacking player in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
But opportunities have dried up for the former Stoke City man, who has been linked with an Anfield exit in the past due to a lack of playing time.
Shaqiri has been deployed from the bench on occasions in the 2020/21 season, being utilised by Klopp in central attacking positions at varying times over the course of the campaign.
Klopp even tried Shaqiri as part of a midfield three in a Premier League game against Manchester United in January, the first time he had occupied this position in the team.