Xherdan Shaqiri has made himself unavailable for international duty with Switzerland for their next two games because he wants to focus on Liverpool.
The 27-year-old Liverpool winger has been left out of Switzerland’s latest squad for their Euro qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland on Thursday 5th September and Gibraltar on Sunday 8th to concentrate on his club career. The Swiss Football Association have confirmed that Shaqiri has “decided to focus fully on his club”.
Earlier today, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp insisted that Shaqiri would be needed at Anfield this season despite only featuring once for the Reds so far.
“Shaq is training well,” said the boss at today’s press conference. “That’s the first four weeks of the season, that’s the situation, that’s how it is.
“That’s probably the hardest period for players who are not yet [playing]. [There was] an injury for Shaq as well [during the summer].
“In training, Shaq doesn’t have to improve in any way if he can keep the level he is doing at the moment. It’s not about that. Of course he can improve, everybody can improve, but he doesn’t have to show anything special.
“And we will need him. He knows that 100%.
“Is he the happiest player in the squad at the moment? I don’t think so. Can I see that on the training pitch? No.
“He is in a good mood and training hard, doing what he has to do and is ready for the moment when he has to help the team on the pitch.”
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