Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has admitted that many supporters probably feel that Xherdan Shaqiri should have featured more for the Reds this season.
The 27-year-old Swiss international started off impressively at Anfield at the start of the season but didn’t see much action towards the end with many fans wondering if there had been a bust-up between the player and his manager. Such suggestions were denied by club insiders but the frustration rumbled on as to why Shaqiri was continually overlooked.
A £13.5million signing from Stoke, Shaqiri has made some important contributions to the side when selected but not enough to convince the boss that he should be a regular starter.
Klopp, however, insists that Shaqiri, who scored 6 goals and provided 5 assists this term, is an important member of his squad.
The boss said: “What a wonderful player, what a wonderful ambassador for his country … I’m really happy to have him around.
“I know people think I didn’t play him around often enough. He thinks probably the same.
“But what an important player for us all the season.”