Jurgen Klopp apologizes to Shaqiri after huge performance against Everton


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said sorry to midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri after his impressive debut against Everton since seven months of being sidelines

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The German apologized to the Switzerland international for leaving him out of the Liverpool team for so long after he scored on his return against Everton on Wednesday.

Shaqiri was making his first start for Liverpool on Wednesday night since their sensational 4-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League  semi-final back in May.

The 28-year-old, who was ruled out through injury earlier this season, marked his return in style, scoring for the Reds in their 5-2 Premier League thrashing of Merseyside rivals Everton.

Speaking on Liverpool official website, Klopp expressed a full-of-praise for Shaqiri's bright comeback and apologizes to the winger for his lack of action.

"[Seven months] really? Sorry Shaq!" Klopp said.

"He was injured a couple of times. If he could have scored two goals like Divock instead of one, I could say exactly the same [as I said about Origi].

"He looked completely fresh, he looked strong, physically strong, so it is important players train after they get injured.

"He had twice this calf thing this season, so there was not a lot to change but I think he has been back in training for two or three weeks now completely normal.

"He understood the situation, that's how it is in a squad when you win a lot of games, you don’t make 20 changes."

Meanwhile, after the victory Shaqiri was ecstatic he's finally returned for the Reds and insisted he has worked hard for the last few months to seal a comeback.

"I think you saw [how much I enjoyed it] on the pitch," he said.

“It was unbelievable to be back on the pitch, I was very happy when I knew I'd play. I wanted to have a good performance. I've worked hard for the last few months - I've been injured and worked very hard. So I'm very happy to be back. I'm in good shape and very happy to be back.

"Obviously I was injured and I worked hard to come back. I was very happy when I knew I'd play. It was not simple to come straight back in the derby but I'm always confident and try to make a good performance and help my team. It was a really good day for us."

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