Mark Hughes told Match of the Day Live on BBC One that Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri is someone who isn’t prepared to take responsibility.
The former Premier League manager was speaking about the Liverpool player over the weekend when Wales took on Switzerland at Euro 2020.
The Liverpool fringe player, 29, actually provided an assist for his country as they recorded a 1-1 draw against the Welsh in their opening group game.
But Hughes didn’t hold back in criticising the Liverpool man and how he seemingly ‘doesn’t enjoy’ the demand of playing on a weekly basis.
“Shaq’s a great kid in the sense that he’s a talented boy,” said Hughes. “He wants to do well. His ability on free-kicks and set-plays, everyone has seen that.
“At times, I think the responsibility at Stoke, the onus was on him. The responsibility to win us games. And that was more difficult on occasions for Stoke.
“I think, at times, that responsibility was something he wasn’t prepared to take on. He enjoys being at top clubs. He was at Inter, Bayern Munich and now Liverpool.
“But he seems quite comfortable in that role of just playing a couple of games then going out of the team. That demand of playing week in and week out is something that he doesn’t enjoy.”
Hughes managed Shaqiri at Stoke before the left-footed technician left the Staffordshire club to join Liverpool when they were relegated in 2018.
He hasn’t ever been a regular during his time on Merseyside and the same happened when he played on other big stages, such as Bayern Munich.
And given that Shaqiri’s stance as a Liverpool won’t change, it will be interesting if he is moved on this summer.
Of course, producing the goods at Euro 2020 does boost his profile a little bit more, so if he is on the move, it will be interesting to see where he ends up.