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Shaqiri loving Liverpool life after finding his spark under Klopp – football news

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.

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 “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.

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‘We’re still getting to know him’ – Klopp explains Shaqiri omission for Cardiff win – football news

Liverpool are still getting to know Xherdan Shaqiri, according to Jurgen Klopp, who admitted it was difficult to leave the Switzerland winger out of his staring XI against Cardiff City.

Despite setting up Mohamed Salah’s winner against Huddersfield Town before impressing against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League, Shaqiri had to settle for a place on the bench for Saturday’s Premier League clash at Anfield, with Adam Lallana preferred from the start.

But the former Stoke City man made the ideal impact when he was introduced, netting Liverpool’s third goal in a 4-1 win just moments after Callum Paterson had pulled one back for the visitors.

And Klopp has emphasised that Shaqiri was rested, rather than dropped, with Liverpool unsure of how the 27-year-old would react to a congested fixture list.

“Shaq came in and was involved in two nice goals, which is always good,” Klopp told a news conference.

“That made it so hard to leave him out because he was a good player for that game, but we had to think about if it was the right thing to do.

“He played four games nearly 90 minutes in a row. Both international games for Switzerland, then Huddersfield and Belgrade for us.

“It was clear, we don’t know Shaq long enough to know how he reacts. Sometimes you have to protect players until you know them a bit better.

“I thought the line-up we chose was good, it was good for Adam to start, he was really involved especially in the first half, less in the second which is completely normal.

“We decided differently, but football games are 97-98 minutes and you need 14 players for that. We only used 13 but bringing on that quality is a massive difference.”

Sadio Mane scored either side of Shaqiri’s 84th-minute goal, and the Senegal forward believes that ex-Bayern Munich man has been a fantastic addition to Liverpool’s squad.

“Everybody is happy to have Shaqiri here. He is a top man and as a player he is fantastic,” Mane told Liverpool’s official website.

“He is a great player; he has come and looked like he has been here for years. He’s going to help us score more and give assists.”

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Premier League leaders Liverpool extend unbeaten run to match best ever start – football news

Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over Cardiff City on Saturday saw Jurgen Klopp’s side match the club’s best ever start to a Premier League season.

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring for the Reds, continuing his own streak of scoring against the previous four newly-promoted sides he’s played against and marking his 51st goal for the club.

Sadio Mane doubled the Reds lead in the second half, and struck again after Callum Paterson had pulled one back for Neil Warnock’s side, while Xherdan Shaqiri grabbed his first league goal for the club since signing in the summer.

The victory was Liverpool’s third in a week, having beaten Huddersfield Town in the Premier League and then Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League to move top of Group C in midweek.

Klopp’s men also move ahead of Manchester City to take top-spot in the English top flight, with Pep Guardiola’s side travelling to Tottenham on Monday evening.

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Liverpool have now won eight of their opening 10 league games, drawing the other two, with 20 goals scored and just four conceded; their joint-best return from the same sample since the 2008-09 campaign.

Next up for the Reds is a trip to the Emirates Stadium as they look to halt an Arsenal side who have won 11 consecutive games in all competitions, before a trip to Serbia to tackle Red Star once more.

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Liverpool vs Cardiff: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview – football news

Liverpool will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League on Saturday when they host Cardiff City at Anfield, fresh off the back of a  4-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.

Cardiff registered their first win of the season with a  4-2 defeat of Fulham in their most recent top-flight outing, ending a miserable run of form that included five straight losses.

Mohamed Salah managed to end his scoring ‘drought’ with his goals against Huddersfield and Red Star, with fellow forwards Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane also getting off the mark midweek.

Game Liverpool vs Cardiff
Date Saturday, October 27
Time 3pm BST / 10am EST

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch


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Squads & Team News


Position Liverpool players
Goalkeepers Alisson, Mignolet, Grabara
Defenders Clyne, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Moreno, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold
Midfielders Fabinho, Keita, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Markovic, Jones, Shaqiri
Forwards Firmino, Mane, Salah, Sturridge, Origi, Brewster, Solanke

Sadio Mane sustained a hand injury on duty with Senegal during the international break but returned in the Champions League win against Red Star Belgrade, scoring a goal in the 4-0 win.

Midfielders Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson are both doubts after missing out on the European clash, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still sidelined with a long-term injury recovery.

Potential Liverpool XI:  Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner, Shaqiri; Salah, Mane, Firmino.

Position Cardiff players
Goalkeepers Etheridge, Smithies
Defenders Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett, Richards, Cunningham
Midfielders Gunnarsson, Arter, Camarasa, Harris, Damour
Forwards Hoilett, Murphy, Paterson, Zohore, Reid

Neil Warnock will be without the likes of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Lee Peltier and Danny Ward when his side travel to Merseyside.

Joe Ralls will be unavailable as he is serving the second of a three-game suspension after receiving a red card in the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley earlier in the month, while Gary Madine could return to the squad after missing the previous fixture due to illness.

Potential Cardiff XI: Etheridge; Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Gunnarsson, Arter, Camarasa; Hoilett, Murphy, Paterson.


Betting & Match Odds


Liverpool are priced at odds of 1/10 to win according to  bet 365 , while a draw is available at 8/1. A win for Cardiff is priced at 20/1.

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Match Preview


Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool ended a four-game winless run with victories over Huddersfield and Red Star Belgrade, with Egypt international Salah marking a  half a century of goals scored for the Anfield side against the Serbian team on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old has struggled to hit the heights of last season’s scoring exploits but has since seemed to return to form, having scored three goals in his previous two fixtures for Liverpool, and he will be on the goal trail again against defensively-fragile Cardiff.

Klopp waved away queries over Salah’s muted celebrations against Red Star, stating that the forward was merely tired of constant talk about his form.

“He is completely fine,” the German told reporters . “Really. If he is not celebrating, I don’t know if he is maybe a bit annoyed about getting asked about it [his scoring record]. 

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“We didn’t speak about it, to be honest. You ask him all the time and then I go to him and say, ‘How do you feel because you haven’t scored as often?’ – I am not crazy! It is all good.”

Liverpool will be looking to climb above Manchester City in the table, if only temporarily, by beating Cardiff, with Pep Guardiola’s side not in action until Sunday, when they face Southampton.

While the Reds look to battle for top spot, Cardiff will be eager to lift themselves further away from the relegation zone, with Warnock’s men currently in 17th place in the table.

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Guardiola: There are five teams in Premier League title race – football news

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has no doubt there are five teams in contention for the Premier League title.

City and Liverpool have been talked about as the major threats to win the title this season, and the duo are two points clear at the top.

However, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are all within two points after nine games this season.

As his side prepare for a trip to face Spurs on Monday, Guardiola said it was a five-team race for the Premier League title.

“I don’t have doubt about that. There are just two points difference between four, five or six teams. They’re all so strong,” he said.

Ahead of that showdown at Wembley Stadium, Guardiola highlighted Spurs as a side that have proven their quality over the years, despite their recent lack of big transfer spending. 

“You see the line-up – the first 11, 12, 13 players from Tottenham for the last five or six years, Tottenham are always up there,” Guardiola added. 

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“Obviously they cannot invest in players because of their incredible stadium that cost a lot of money. They’re a top side. I’ve said that from my first year here.

“They were my first defeat here and I realised how strong they are. Last season we did really well in both games, but they’ve got a good manager [Mauricio Pochettino] and good players.”

City sit on top of the Premier League table thanks to a goal difference that is 10 better than Liverpool, and will look to ensure they remain top by picking up the victory over Spurs on Monday. 

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Nobody knows just how good Shaqiri can be – Klopp – football news

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has sung the praises of Xherdan Shaqiri, saying the 27-year-old’s ceiling is still unknown. 

The Reds snapped up the Swiss international for £13 million ($17m) from Stoke City in the summer, and that fee is already looking like a bargain.

Shaqiri has started back-to-back games for Liverpool, notching assists in both matches: a 1-0 win over Huddersfield in the Premier League and a 4-0 victory over Red Star in the Champions League. 

Klopp praised the 27-year-old after Wednesday’s win over Red Star, and has done so again ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League match against Cardiff City on Saturday. 

“I don’t think anybody has an idea in the moment how good Shaq can be,” the German manager said. 

Shaqiri has had a nomadic career to date, which has included stops at Basel, Bayern Munich, Inter and Stoke. 

Klopp recalls watching Shaqiri as a teenager at Bayern during his time managing Borussia Dortmund. 

“I knew him when he was 19 at Bayern and he was already an outstanding talent,” Klopp said. 

“He had a good first year, second year he wasn’t that good – but that can happen. Then he left. You can disappear a bit. Inter Milan and then Stoke.

“Signing him was a logical thing to do. He’s still not the finished article. He still has a lot of space for improvement and that’s really good.

“He gives us something different. So far we haven’t really used his set-pieces but they are outstanding.”

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Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Cardiff – football news

Liverpool can steal a march on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table this weekend as they host Cardiff City at Anfield.

With Pep Guardiola’s men not in action until Monday, and facing a testing trip to Tottenham, the Reds can open up a three-point advantage with a victory over Neil Warnock’s struggling Bluebirds.

Jurgen Klopp’s men looked back to something like their best in midweek, swatting aside Red Star Belgrade 4-0 in the Champions League, and they will be looking to make it 10 Premier League games unbeaten at the start of what promises to be a thrilling campaign.

Here, GBP Sports takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s game…


Liverpool Injuries


Liverpool are without captain Jordan Henderson, who suffered a hamstring injury at Huddersfield last weekend.

Naby Keita is another doubt, also with a hamstring issue, while the Reds are without long-term absentee Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Otherwise, it looks like a clean bill of health for Klopp, who made four changes to his line-up for the game with Red Star.

Jordan Henderson Liverpool 2018-19


Liverpool Suspensions


Liverpool do not have any suspended players for this game. 


Likely Liverpool Starting Line-Up


It is easy to make the case for a ‘same again’ approach from Klopp.

Liverpool changed their system slightly for Wednesday’s game with Red Star, going with a ‘double 6’ in Gini Wijnaldum and Fabinho, and Roberto Firmino operating behind Mohamed Salah in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

It worked, though against modest opposition.

The performance of Fabinho, and that of Xherdan Shaqiri from the right, makes a compelling case for the two to be included again, while Joe Gomez’s imperious form at centre-back alongside Virgil van Dijk is hard to ignore.

Liverpool likely line-up v Cardiff


Cardiff City Team News


Cardiff are without suspended midfielder Joe Ralls, who is serving a three-game ban after his red card at Tottenham.

The Welshmen also have injury concers, with Lee Peltier (shoulder) and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (knee) ruled out and Danny Ward, Aron Gunnarsson and Gary Madine all doubtful.

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Having beaten Fulham last time out, Warnock will hope his side have picked up some momentum after their difficult start to the campaign.


TV Channel & Kick-Off Time


The fixture will not be broadcast live on UK TV this weekend, as it kicks off at 3pm BST. In the United States the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports, kick off 10am ET.


Best Opta Match Facts


  • Liverpool and Cardiff haven’t met since the 2013-14 season in the Premier League – the Reds won both games, winning 3-1 at Anfield and 6-3 away from home.
  • Cardiff’s last league win over Liverpool was in December 1959 in the second tier, a 4-0 victory at Anfield in Bill Shankly’s third league match in charge of Liverpool.
  • There have been at least three goals scored in each of the last 10 meetings between Liverpool and Cardiff in all competitions, with 45 goals scored in total.
  • Liverpool have lost one of their last 45 home Premier League matches against newly promoted teams (W35 D9), with that defeat against Blackpool in 2010-11 – they’ve won all seven under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield by an aggregate score of 21-2.
  • Cardiff have lost 14 of their last 15 Premier League matches against ‘big six’ opposition (D1), conceding two or more goals in 12 of those games.
  • Cardiff scored as many goals in their 4-2 victory against Fulham as they did in their previous eight Premier League games this season (4).
  • Liverpool have lost just one of their last 49 home Premier League games against ‘City’ sides (W30 D18), with that sole defeat coming against Welsh side Swansea City in January 2017.
  • Liverpool’s Mo Salah has been involved in six goals in his last five Premier League appearances against newly promoted opposition (3 goals, 3 assists).
  • Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has managed four away games against Liverpool in his managerial career, losing all four without seeing his sides score a goal – he has lost to a different manager on each occasion (Souness, Houllier, Benitez and Dalglish).
  • Liverpool’s Alisson is looking to become the second Liverpool goalkeeper in Premier League history to keep seven clean sheets in his first 10 starts for the club after Jose Reina (7). Alisson has recorded six clean sheets in his opening nine Premier League starts so far.

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Shaqiri: I can handle trip to Red Star Belgrade – football news

Liverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri insisted he could handle a trip to Serbia for his team’s Champions League return clash against Red Star Belgrade.

The Switzerland international was fined during the World Cup after he celebrated a goal against Serbia by making an eagle gesture , a symbol similar to the one on the Albanian flag.

Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner also picked up fine over the celebration and, though Fifa FIFA had opened disciplinary proceedings against the Swiss players in the immediate aftermath, they avoided suspension during the tournament in Russia. 

Now Shaqiri, who starred for Liverpool against Red Star on Wednesday as his side recorded a comprehensive 4-0 victory at Anfield, is set for a rude reception when the Reds take on Red Star. 

Despite having a hostile atmosphere awaiting Jurgen Klopp’s men, the 27-year-old was confident he would be ready to face the challenge. 

“I had this already at the World Cup so I know I can handle this no problem,” Shaqiri said.

“I just saw a few articles where one player said something. I don’t really care what people are saying.”

Shaqiri downplayed any political issues heading into the match, saying he was only traveling to Serbia to play a football match. 

“I just go there to play a football game,” he said. “It is not about politics, it is about football. I worry about nothing and go to play.”

Liverpool are top of Group C on six points ahead of the encounter in Belgrade on November 6.

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Klopp’s men face a pair of Premier League matches before returning to Champions League action, however. 

Crystal Palace visit Anfield on Saturday, with a showdown against Arsenal await to open November. 

 

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Shaqiri the closest Liverpool have to Coutinho – Mellor – football news

Xherdan Shaqiri is capable of filling the void at Liverpool created by Philippe Coutinho’s departure to Barcelona, says Neil Mellor.

The Reds reluctantly parted with a star playmaker during the January transfer window, with persistent pressure from Camp Nou eventually forcing them into a sale.

Jurgen Klopp resisted the urge to land a direct replacement at that time, with other areas of his squad considered to be in greater need of addressing.

He did, however, snap up Switzerland international Shaqiri from Stoke over the summer, and the 27-year-old has offered glimpses of what he is capable of during limited game time thus far.

Former Liverpool striker Mellor believes he is capable of making more of an impact if given a regular run, telling Love Sport Radio: “I really like Shaqiri. What a bargain he seems like when you think what Liverpool bought him for in the summer from Stoke.

“He has that creative ability in the final third to open up defences. Again at the weekend against Huddersfield with his assist for the goal and again in the second half with a lovely little through ball.

“Not since Coutinho have Liverpool had that sort of creative player in the midfield three.

“We know about the front three and they’re going to score plenty of goals. But if you’ve got someone with that creative influence just in behind he could well make a big difference.

“Adam Lallana has been that player but unfortunately injuries have limited his game time. So Shaqiri could be a big difference in games where teams are going to set up and say ‘come and break us down’. Someone like Shaqiri could be the answer in those tighter games.”

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While seeking a midfield spark, Liverpool are still looking to a fearsome front three to do much of their damage, with Mohamed Salah having got himself back among the goals in recent outings against Huddersfield and Red Star.

Mellor said of the Egyptian forward: “He’s such an important player for Liverpool and his goals are going to be absolutely vital if Liverpool are to achieve and succeed this season.

“The numbers last season were quite incredible: 44 goals. It was a big surprise but he’s enjoying himself and he’s playing for a manager who’s getting the best out of him.

“The big difference for Salah from when he was at Roma is he’s playing more central now so he’s making those runs in behind and getting lots and lots of chances. I think he’ll continue to do that.

“He got two goals [against Red Star], he got the winning goal against Huddersfield. So it’s not like he’s short of goals and it was good to see him hit a couple and he probably would have got a hat-trick if he’d stayed on the pitch.”

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Klopp has never questioned Salah’s form, even during an early-season dip, and he has also backed summer signing Fabinho to make a telling contribution in time after easing him into the fold at Anfield.

The versatile Brazilian was another of those to impress against Red Star, with Mellor saying of his qualities: “I think Fabinho was excellent. He was brought in for a few quid, he’s had to be patient and to adapt to Liverpool Football Club, to life in England. But it was no surprise to see that a Champions League night would suit him because obviously he excelled for Monaco in that competition.

“He’s had to be patient and he may well have to be patient in the Premier League. Injury has given him that opportunity so he may well get a little run in the side to show those qualities but there’s no doubt he has that quality to protect the defence and he’s really aggressive too which the supporters enjoy.”

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Mohamed Salah scoring 50 goals for Liverpool would not have been possible without ‘wonderful’ supplies from his teammates, according to coach Jurgen Klopp, who expects the striker to be thankful to them.

Prior to the international break, the former Roma star has struggled to apply himself in the way he did during his magnificent debut campaign with the Reds, having not scored since a 3-0 win over Southampton in September.

He grabbed the winner in Saturday’s Premier League win over Huddersfield Town to reach 50 goals in English football for both Chelsea and the Reds.

But his brace in Wednesday’s 4-0 Champions League victory over Red Star Belgrade saw him reach the landmark for the Anfield outfit – doing so in a record 65 games.

The first was as a result of ‘genius’ assist from Xherdan Shaqiri while he completed the brace from the penalty spot as Klopp’s team marched on to the summit of Group A.

“I think he would say thanks to his team-mates, because it’s quite difficult to score goals without these wonderful passes, crosses, whatever,” Klopp said in a pre-match conference.

“The first goal he scored was genius little link-up play from Shaq, I don’t know how he did that! And that’s it. It’s good that we can maybe stop talking about [Salah’s form]. I was not in doubt, he was not in doubt, but if you are constantly asked about it then it’s like something obviously is wrong, or people are not happy.

“You should not think about it, how can I possibly score again? It only happens if you work hard, are in the right spaces, if your teammates see you in the right moments and if you make the right runs. It’s an exceptional number, and hopefully, he can continue. What’s the next record he could reach? Is that the last one?”

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Rather than celebrating the milestone, the Egypt international – who laughed off critics after the game – remained mute during celebrations of his goals.

Klopp, however, maintained his star forward is ‘completely fine’.

 

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