Shaqiri set up two goals in three minutes as Switzerland earned a 3-1 victory in their first 2022 World Cup qualifying match over Bulgaria, and Liverpool fans have raved about his performance on Twitter.
The 29-year-old has played a bit-part role for Liverpool this season under Jurgen Klopp, with injuries hampering his regular involvement.
Liverpool have a wealth of attacking midfield options and Shaqiri is planted way down the pecking order at the club. He has managed only 18 appearances this season, but he is a regular starter for his country.
Shaqiri produced a fantastic creative display as he made his 87th appearance for Switzerland on Thursday.
All three Swiss goals have come in the space of six first-half minutes.
The former Bayern Munich midfielder started in the no 10 role behind Haris Seferovic and Breel Embolo.
Embolo broke the deadlock after just seven minutes, heading home Ricardo Rodriguez’s cross.
Shaqiri then set up Seferovic for the second goals after 10 minutes. Moments later Swiss went 3-0 up after a delightful cross from Shaqiri headed home by Steven Zuber.
Klopp will be very pleased to see Shaqiri doing so well for his country. Here are some of the selected tweets from Liverpool fans:
Xherdan Shaqiri is playing like Messi tonight,, I swear that man is on fire today for the swizz.
— David Ofori (@DavidOf39525906) March 25, 2021
Xherdan Shaqiri with a massive performance tonight. Two assists and did all the work for Switzerland’s third goal, when they beat Bulgaria by 3-1. There’s so much football in Shaqiri on his good days, it’s actually incredible.
– Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) March 25, 2021
He’s quality, but I feel he simply doesn’t want it enough sometimes and loses a lot of duels, which is probably why Klopp doesn’t always trust him.
– Avinash Srinivasa (@ triplepivot21) March 25, 2021
I think Klopp was affected by his early days in Liverpool. He’s playing more safe than very attacking football which is why players like Shaqiri get limited playing time. He’ll do well under a bold manager.
– Kalema Abdul Nasser * (@AbdulKalema) March 26, 2021
On his day Shaq is definitely a world beater, extremely talented player he could easily be a starter for a decent club
– Give T (@ GRBOX73) March 25, 2021
Such a good player if he could stay fit.
— Scouser Chris (@ScouserChrisLFC) March 25, 2021
So where’s this player for liverpool
— jason (@b4thekid) March 25, 2021
In other news, Jose Mourinho has hit back on his critics.
Source: English Premier League – Sportslens.com