When it comes to good fortune on the injury front, sometimes it seems as if some players don’t get any of the luck—and that Liverpool certainly have a few who fall into that category, like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joël Matip, Joe Gomez, and Dejan Lovren.
They also have Xherdan Shaqiri, who has spent much of his time sidelined through injury since joining the club in 2018 and who Jürgen Klopp says was set to start against Wolves on Sunday afternoon only for a hamstring injury to in the end rule him out.
“Shaqiri should have started but last night he felt a little bit the hamstring,” Klopp revealed following the Reds’ 1-0 victory over a side that had beaten Manchester City just two days earlier. “Now he’s out, not for long but maybe a week or ten days.”
Shaqiri had seen significant minutes in the league against Watford before Liverpool headed to Qatar for the Club World Cup and then started against Monterrey in the semi-final before making a late appearance off the bench in the final against Flamengo.
He then made the bench when Liverpool returned to England to face Leicester and was then in line for another start only for injury to rule him out, forcing Klopp to insert Adam Lallana—another player who has struggled for fitness—in his place.
It’s another blow, then, just as it seemed Shaqiri might be getting a run of action and finding a little form, and it’s one that would appear to rule him out for Sheffield United in the league on Thursday and then Everton in the FA Cup next week.