Date: 18th January 2021 at 6:30pm
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Journalist Daniel Storey has recently discussed the performance of Liverpool’s Swiss attacker Xherdan Shaqiri following the Reds’ draw with Manchester United.

On Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s outfit hosted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils at Anfield and the two sides played out a goalless draw (as per BBC).

One man who started that game for the Reds was Shaqiri, with the 29-year-old attacker playing 76 minutes in the game before being replaced by Curtis Jones.

For his performance against the Manchester club, the Swiss winger was awarded a 7/10 match rating in the Liverpool Echo’s player ratings.

During the latest episode of The Totally Football Show, Storey discussed the forward’s performance and praised him for his display against United. (10:37)

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He said: “Apparently, Klopp says he’s looked really good in training.

“He’s had a fairly disastrous run of injuries in that none of them have been hugely serious but they’ve been enough to pepper his time at Liverpool and, therefore, pepper him getting into a very settled team.

“The one thing about the defensive headaches is that it does create room in midfield for a player like Shaqiri and I thought he was pretty good first half.

“I thought he protected the ball well [and] worked quite well with Thiago and Trent Alexander Arnold down the right-hand side, it was just that final ball was poor.”

TIF Thoughts on what Daniel Storey said about Xherdan Shaqiri…

As can be seen in what the journalist had to say, he believes that the Swiss attacker got his chance against the Red Devils because Klopp believes he has been “really good” in training.

Is Xherdan Shaqiri good enough to play for Liverpool?

No, he needs to leave

No, he needs to leave

Yes, he's good enough

Yes, he's good enough

Across the season as a whole, though, it would be fair to say that Shaqiri has not performed overly well in the Premier League for the Reds.

Over five appearances, he has earned a weak 6.39/10 average rating, making him the fourth-worst performer to feature for Liverpool in the league (per WhoScored).

So, hopefully, for the player and the club, he can begin replicating what he is showing in training on the pitch before too long.