For the second time in as many weeks, Xherdan Shaqiri was tearing around Leicester’s King Power Stadium, impressing pundits. Unlike last time, his side in red, Switzerland instead of Liverpool, were on the wrong side of a 1-goal defeat. However, he still earned plaudits, including from Liverpool’s own, Jamie Carragher.
“He made an impact at Leicester when he came on,” Carra said on Sky Sports, talking about Shaqiri.
“If Salah comes off, is he ever going to replace him? I don’t think he will replace him as a starter but to bring him off and bring him on.
“He did make a difference when he came on (against Leicester), he may play more centrally for Switzerland, maybe something going forward for Liverpool also.”
At 26-years-old, and having already squandered opportunities at Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, Shaqiri’s chance at Liverpool is seen by many as his last chance to impress at a Big Club™.
He has impressed so far, despite his limited role. However, there will almost certainly come a time (probably sooner, rather than later, judging by the upcoming fixtures), when the Swiss Power Cube will have to fill in for one of the world-class front three. It will be at these times when he won’t just be expected to perform well and see a game out, but actively contribute to goal production, that will truly define his time at Liverpool.