Xherdan Shaqiri not yet ready to fill Philippe Coutinho’s shoes, says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Written by on January 3, 2019

Jurgen Klopp thinks Xherdan Shaqiri will in the future be able to play inside the identical position of former Liverpool big name Philippe Coutinho. Switzerland worldwide becomes an instant hit with the Liverpool fans and is now providing, and scoring, regularly for Klopp’s side. Liverpool offered Coutinho to Barcelona a yr ago for £142million and then offered Shaqiri for just £13m ultimate summer season.

Xherdan Shaqiri not yet ready to fill Philippe Coutinho’s shoes,

Shaqiri has been hailed by way of enthusiasts and pundits for helping to fill the void of Coutinho’s absence, but Klopp insisted the 27-yrantique isn’t yet ready to step into the Brazilian’s former position inside his facet. ‘We did ought to discover a position for (Shaqiri),’ Klopp advised Sky sports. ‘That’s a quite appropriate one, we tried it in a four3three, he can’t play there but as a halfspace midfielder.

‘You don’t want to force a player into a position, you want to show his strengths, not where he isn’t good. ‘Xherdan’s main quality is obviously offensive – creating, shooting, finishes, being between the lines – and in a half-space position, there is a lot of defensive work. ‘He can do that and he gets better day by day and maybe one day, he could play it like Phil (Coutinho) could play it in the last half year he was here.’

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