In an interview with Sky Sports recently, Xherdan Shaqiri discussed his career and Liverpool’s form.
On the struggles of the club, who have had six successive home defeats recently, he was pragmatic, saying, “Here, everything is bigger. People from outside speak a lot more. The club is so big that there are always people talking, left and right. This is normal. It is a big club and you have to deal with that because we are also a great team. Every team can have its ups and downs.
“We are human beings. But we try to stay calm.”
“I have not seen my family for five or six months now. It has not been simple for me also because I am very close to my family. I cannot wait to see them again so hopefully everything gets better soon,” he added on a sombre note.
“Everybody knows how our fans are when they push us. Everybody knows how many games we have managed to come back in if we concede a goal. I think there are many, many games where you can see that, many examples. Of course, we miss them a lot.
“For the smaller teams, it is easier to come to Anfield with no fans. There is no pressure. You can see that in many ways and in many games. The smaller teams have more of a chance.”
“Obviously, the performances have not been what we wanted in the last few months,” he acknowledged.”
He highlighted that the team are working together to fix their broken form.
“We speak a lot together and the coach gives us the right directions. I don’t want to tell everyone what is said in our dressing room but we are speaking a lot and we know we have to come back stronger and give what he wants on the pitch. We have to stay positive.
“We are trying. We just need to improve performances and then I am sure we can succeed again. We have to stay positive and work hard. This club has to be successful. It has to be at the top.”