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Shaqiri loving Liverpool life after finding his spark under Klopp

8:02 PM IST 28/10/18
Xherdan Shaqiri Liverpool 2018-19
The Swiss forward was snapped up by the Reds to provide competition for a fearsome front three, but has been showing that he can star in his own right

Xherdan Shaqiri says it is “nice” to be at Liverpool, with the Swiss star chasing down major silverware after proving his worth under Jurgen Klopp.

Despite being an established international and boasting spells at the likes of Inter and Bayern Munich on an impressive CV, the 27-year-old was considered to be a squad addition when snapped up from Stoke over the summer.

With Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane established at Anfield as a fearsome front three, attacking berths were expected to be hard to come by.

Shaqiri has, however, made a telling contribution when called upon, with a first goal for the Reds recorded off the bench during a 4-1 victory over Cardiff.

He is enjoying his time on Merseyside, with a useful asset for Klopp telling Liverpool’s official website: “It’s nice to be here.

“We have a very good team and we want to be successful. When we play like this we can be successful.

“Our goal has to be to be successful. We are in a good way but we have to keep going, it’s just the beginning of the season and we have a lot of games to come. We are in a good way.”

While Liverpool proved too strong for Cardiff in their latest outing, they did allow the Bluebirds to take hope from a Callum Paterson strike before Shaqiri and Mane put the result beyond doubt late on.

 “The defenders will be disappointed that we conceded a goal – but that is football. We cannot play all the time scoring five or six goals and not conceding,” said Shaqiri.

“Every team concedes some goals. But, defensively we are still very good and stay very strong at the back. I’m confident we’re going to keep going like this.”

Liverpool will be hoping to keep the back door bolted in their next fixture, with a crunch clash with Arsenal set to see them pay a visit to Emirates Stadium next Saturday.