It was a game that had been crying out for Xherdan Shaqiri’s presence. After starting brightly in the first half to take a 1-0 lead, Liverpool had fallen off the pace slightly, with a lucky equalizer from Jesse Lingard providing the visiting Man United with the impetus to shift into park and shut up shop.
With his team looking both out of ideas and unlikely to find the final ball needed to unlock the stubborn United low block, Jürgen Klopp sent on the diminutive Swiss forward with the match hanging in the balance 20 minutes until time
A mere 14 minutes later, the Reds went from 1-1 to 3-1 courtesy of a quickfire double from the Alpine Messi, securing the win over their eternal rivals and propelling the Merseysiders back to the top of the Premier League table in barnstorming fashion.
“I always try to make an impact when I come on or play from the beginning,” an elated Shaqiri stated after the match. “Today was a very good impact with the two goals, I’m delighted.”
“It was an amazing win and important, too. We played very well. In the second half, we did more than Manchester United – we tried and tried. In the end, we fully deserved to win this game.
“When you see the statistics, we did everything in this game to win. It was very intense and we kept the high intensity in this game. It was an important win and a nice win against Manchester United.”
“Our start to the season is amazing – a record in the club’s history,” he said. “But we have to keep going, we have to take it game by game.
“I hope we can have a lot of games like this and try to win a lot of games. If we play like this we can have an amazing season.”