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Peter Schmeichel praises Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri despite 'strange' transfer

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool during the warm up before the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 22,...

Liverpool signed Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City when they were relegated from the Premier League in 2018.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT)  Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on September 20, 2019 in Liverpool, England.

Peter Schmeichel has praised the qualities of Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri and stated that he is 'very difficult' to deal with for opponents. 

The former Premier League goalkeeper did, however, touch upon Shaqiri's 'strange' transfer to Stoke City despite playing for Basel, Inter and Bayern Munich during his career. 

When Stoke were relegated from the Premier League two years ago, Liverpool triggered the £13 million release clause in his contract and he made the switch to Anfield, as reported by BBC Sport.


During that period, he has played a bit-part role for Jurgen Klopp, and now and again made the difference from the bench, as Schmeichel praised the qualities has with the ball at his feet. 

"He is a very good player, can dribble, shoot and has fast feet," Schmeichel told Blick. "You can never say exactly what he does next, which makes it very difficult for the opponent. But he made a strange transfer to Stoke.

"He was brilliant at Basel, went to Bayern - great. But then Stoke. Now he is with Jurgen Klopp [at Liverpool ], he likes such players. But he is not one of the 11 important ones."

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool  just before they go out for the Premier League match between Liverpool FC...

There's no doubt that Shaqiri would want to earn more game time at Anfield, but when he has the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane ahead of him, it is very difficult for him to even get a sniff. 

Even though Shaqiri is versatile, he wouldn't even be suited to Liverpool's midfield because of their work rate and what is expected of them, more so without the ball then with the ball. 

Either way, Shaqiri, just like Divock Origi did last season in the Champions League, can play an important role from the bench. 

Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on...

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