Photo: Arsenal loanee Podolski replaced by former Liverpool target Shaqiri

Inter Milan

The Nerazzurri drew 0-0 away to Empoli yesterday, with the Bayern Munich loanee replacing the German on 74 minutes.

There is positivity in the Inter Milan supporter ranks after the ambitious January loan acquisitions of international pair Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri, with the latter a failed target of Liverpool according to The Mirror.

However, Roberto Mancini’s men could not build on recent momentum against Empoli yesterday, drawing 0-0 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.

Shaqiri was subject of an offer from Liverpool earlier this month according to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and made his debut for the Italian side in the draw.

The Switzerland international came off the bench in the 74th minute, replacing Arsenal loanee Podolski, who had started on the left of Inter’s attack.

The Germany international had a limited impact on proceedings according to, completing 19 of 26 passes but not having a shot at goal. He received a 6.5 rating overall as a result.

Shaqiri only managed to make five passes in the time he was on the pitch, but had two shots and made one tackle in the cameo.

Inter remain ninth after the result and face Sampdoria at home in the Coppa Italia in midweek.

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