Xherdan Shaqiri responds to Jurgen Klopp in perfect way amid claims Liverpool will sell him

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The 2020-21 campaign was yet another disappointing one for Xherdan Shaqiri.

The 29-year-old attacking midfielder managed just 14 Premier League appearances for Liverpool despite the Reds' underwhelming season.

And although it was an improvement on the previous campaign's seven showings, it is still nowhere near the frequency with which a player of his quality should be on the pitch.

It had been widely expected that Shaqiri would move on this summer, and he has been strongly linked with the likes of Fenerbahce and Roma.

Yet once again on the international stage for Switzerland he has proved just what a game-changer he can be – and his superb showings at Euro 2020 could yet force Reds manager Jurgen Klopp into a re-think.

Xherdan Shaqiri has been in superb form for his country
(Image: Ozan Kose/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

This is not the first time Shaqiri has saved up his best showings for tournaments with his nation.

In Euro 2016 he scored a sensational bicycle kick against Poland, and he also bagged in the 2018 World Cup finals and was named in the 2019 Nations League team of the tournament.

He has become a talismanic figure for his country, and it has been to surprise to see him once again pulling out all the stops in the current tournament.

In Switzerland's Group A opener against Wales, Shaqiri had a big part to play in the opening goal as he laid on an assist for Breel Embolo to score.

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And on Sunday when the Swiss needed him most he scored twice in a 3-1 victory against Turkey to help keep alive their hopes of progressing to the last-16 by virtue of being one of the best third-placed teams.

Some Liverpool fans may be watching Shaqiri's performances and wondering why he has largely been unable to do it for his club.

Yet it is worth remembering that he has often delivered in big moments, such as his late brace in a 3-1 win against bitter rivals Manchester United in 2018 and his assist for Gini Wijnaldum in the famous 4-0 Champions League victory over Barcelona a few months later.

The issue has been finding consistent playing time, with Shaqiri fighting for a place against talents such as Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota.

And his constant muscular injury problems have not helped either, with his fitness being completely stop-start since arriving at Liverpool from Stoke three years ago.

Yet with Mane and Salah's futures at Anfield far from certain, could Shaqiri still go on to become an important player for Klopp?

Shaqiri has never managed to establish himself as a regular under Jurgen Klopp
(Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The player himself admitted earlier this week that he would sit down and discuss his next move after the Euros, telling Mirror Sport: At the moment, I don’t really want to talk about it.

“I have a contract there and after the Euros, of course, I will talk to my agent. We will look at the situation and then we will decide how to proceed.”

With his current deal not set to expire until 2023, there is still time for Shaqiri to make a big impact.

And how Klopp feels about the situation may be the most crucial factor of all.

If he was watching Switzerland vs Turkey, the German would surely have not failed to be impressed.

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