Jurgen Klopp assures Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri he will play once he is fit


Shaqiri has barely played this season (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp has assured Xherdan Shaqiri he has a future in his squad, insisting the only reason the forward had not played for Liverpool in recent weeks was because he was injured.

Shaqiri openly admitted last month he was unhappy with his lack of playing time at Liverpool, but the Swiss has also been struggling to shrug off an injury concern.

After returning to training this week, Klopp rubbished claims Shaqiri’s future at Anfield was uncertain.

‘Why should I talk about something that is not interesting to us. That’s the world outside,’ Klopp insisted.

‘He had five weeks injured and couldn’t play.

‘Before that, yes, maybe we spoke about him not having as many games as he wanted to. But that’s pretty much all.

‘There’s nothing else to say. When I’m with him, he is completely happy here. Speculations are speculations.

‘I’ve no idea what I could say about that, of course he has a future here.

‘We all speak about the future as the end of the season. That’s how it is. In the moment nobody thinks about that. This season he is a very, very important player for us.’

Shaqiri has managed just eleven minutes in the Premier League this season and his last start for Liverpool in the top flight was in January.

Klopp says Shaqiri will play once he’s fit (Picture: Getty)

Klopp admitted Shaqiri was eager to play more and insisted the 28-year-old would feature over the busy winter period.

‘He needs to be fit [to make an impact],’ Klopp said.

‘The most intense period is coming up and he will be ready for that. You will see him on the pitch, 100 per cent.’

Shaqiri has managed just eleven minutes in the Premier league (Picture: Getty)

‘Just to train. He was really long out, five weeks or so. To get match fitness again takes time as well.

‘He trained this week as well. We gave him some different things to do. Apart from that, now he should be completely fine.

‘There’s no reason to rush it, but it’s nice to have him back. We saw a lot of really nice things in training, it was really good, but it’s intense for him at the moment. He needs to get used to the intensity again, and then everything will be fine.’

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