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Klopp comments on Xherdan Shaqiri’s lack of playing time

Xherdan Shaqiri

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.

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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.”