Liverpool have taken to social media to wish Xherdan Shaqiri happy birthday, and many fans have used the occasion to voice their views on the player.
As well as sending well wishes, many have made it clear that they believe he should be starting more often, and have bemoaned the lack of game time he is getting currently.
Since joining the Reds in summer 2018 the Switzerland international has only started 15 games, and this season he has seen his opportunities stifled with only 14 minutes played in 2019/20, excluding the Community Shield.
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On the one hand, his limited time on the pitch is understandable given the form of Liverpool’s front three, but he has proved his quality since joining the club and supporters feel he is not getting a fair crack of the whip.
In a red shirt he averaged a goal or assist every 112 minutes last term, a good return for a player who often comes on late in games, whilst his double at home to Manchester United last season played a big hand in his team leading the table at Christmas.
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Here is some of the reaction from the Anfield faithful on Twitter.
Play him more maybe
— Hairy Macancheese (@macncheese065) October 10, 2019
Happy Birthdat Big Shaq❤️ Deserves a start against United imo cause we all know happened last time
— Ben???????? (@ben120600) October 10, 2019
Why isn’t he getting game time
— Amed Tristan Abdul (@TristanAmed) October 10, 2019
Give him game time!
— Farwhmed (@supermanee10) October 10, 2019
He should play more imho. Please, consider to let him being into starting XI.
— Kevin Donadi (@iamvincentlaw) October 10, 2019
Play him more!
— . (@FiendAndre) October 10, 2019
Should be starting over Salah
— very normal person (@longcunt) October 10, 2019
Happy birthday Shaq ?
He’s a great player, sometimes he’s exactly what we need in games. Klopp refuses to sub Salah sometimes when he’s having a stinker, hopefully he gets some games when he’s fully fit. I like Shaqiri pic.twitter.com/mg9uBJYGfL
— Jürgen Meister?? (@SS_LFC) October 10, 2019
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