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Xherdan Shaqiri feeling ‘downbeat’ on Liverpool struggles

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Xherdan Shaqiri admits his struggles for regular game time at Liverpool this season haven’t been easy for him to deal with.

Shaqiri has made every single one of Liverpool’s matchday squads this term, but he’s only played 25 minutes of football in four cameos.

The 27-year-old, of course, has the bad luck in having to compete with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah for a spot in the line-up. With trio suffering no major injuries, though, it’s unlikely he’ll get a break anytime soon.

Still, Shaqiri’s situation at Anfield is worrying given that he only started 15 times in his 30 appearances last season.

“It is not easy for me, of course, I am a little downbeat,” he told Teleclub.

“You have to be able to handle that and you have to accept it, I was always still in the squad.

“You cannot ask the coach to play every match.”

Shaqiri joined Liverpool last year from the Stoke City in a €14.70m deal, and is under contract until 2023.

The former Bayern Munich winger was a subject of interest for AS Monaco during the summer transfer window. However, talks between the Ligue 1 side and Liverpool ultimately fell through.

Now, all that Shaqiri can do is keep his head down and work on convincing Jurgen Klopp of handing him more minutes this season.

Although the Reds boss will likely not make any changes to Shaqiri’s role anytime soon ahead of Sunday’s visit to Chelsea in the Premier League.

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 01: Mohamed Salah is substituted for Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool FC at The King Power Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)