Jurgen Klopp assures Xherdan Shaqiri of better playing time amid transfer rumours


The Swiss has struggled for a regular football under the Reds and there've been speculations he want to leave Anfield

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

There have been speculations that the 28-year-old could be among those on the move in the winter due to lack of regular game time.

But after returning to training this week, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was quick to rubbish such claims insisting the midfielder still has his significant role to play at Anfield.

The German tactician told reporters when quizzed on the speculation surrounding Shaqiri's Anfield future: "Why should I talk about something which is absolutely not interesting for us.

"He was five weeks injured and that is a period when he is not seen as a player. Before that we spoke about him not having as many games as he wanted to but that was pretty much all.

"When I am with him he is completely happy and fine here and speculation is speculation, it is nothing we can change. I have no idea what I could say about that.

"Of course he has a future but we speak about the future always until the season ends and then maybe a player is coming to me or not but no-one thinks about that. This season he is a very important player for us."

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

"He has been really long injured, I think five weeks, so to get the match fitness again that takes time,” added the Liverpool boss.

"He trained this week and we gave him some different things to do but that's it, apart from that he should be completely fine. There is no reason to rush it but it's nice to have him back.

"We saw a lot of really nice things in training this week but it is intense for him and he needs to get used to the intensity again and everything will be fine."

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