Xherdan Shaqiri is “happy” to be “very close” to the starting line-up at Liverpool and he has opened up about his preferred position.
The Switzerland international signed for the Reds during the summer from Championship side Stoke and has been used sparingly by Jurgen Klopp so far.
Despite not being a regular starter, Shaqiri has still made an instant impact with some solid performances off the bench and when called upon to start.
He was pulled off at half-time against Southampton in a 3-0 win, while Klopp seemed to have a go at him after their Carabao Cup loss to Chelsea but Shaqiri insists his relationship with Klopp is good.
“I have a very good relationship with Klopp,” Shaqiri told Blick.
“It is a lot of fun to work [with him]. We did not talk much about the League of Nations. I am happy. I think I’m relatively close to the first eleven. Very close.”
Klopp was clearly not happy with Shaqiri after last Liverpool's defeat to Chelsea 😳 pic.twitter.com/Q8TE7iXKQS
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When asked about his preferred position, Shaqiri replied: “It is certainly different if you as a player have such freedom.
“The trainer gives me the freedom and I try to use it so that I can help the team as much as possible. With decisive passes or with shots.
“Against Portugal I almost had to play as right-back. I play where the coach sets me up. But sure, on the side you have more defensive work than in the middle.
“I know that from Bayern Munich. There I also played as a full-back.”