Xherdan Shaqiri has explained how Jurgen Klopp’s instructions were carried out to the letter in the move that produced Liverpool’s winner at Huddersfield .
The Swiss star was making only his second Premier League start for the Reds having joined in the summer, and fans were surprised to see him line up in a deeper midfield role than he usually plays in, with Adam Lallana ahead of him.
But he made his presence felt there, driving at the defence before setting up Mohamed Salah for the game’s only goal as the Reds made it seven wins from their nine Premier League games this season.
“I started off in a midfield three and it was also something new because normally I’m more offensive, but I think I can play this position,” Shaqiri told Liverpool’s official website .
“Offensively the coach wanted me to be between the lines and I tried sometimes and we scored the goal.
"I’m really happy that I played from the beginning and I tried to give the manager a good performance. I’m really happy with that.”
Shaqiri went on to describe the goal in greater detail.
"My teammates know that I’m a player who can play that last pass," he continued.
“It was a good pass from Joe [Gomez], I got the ball between the lines, I turned and it’s difficult sometimes to defend when I turn and am in front of defenders. Mo made a good run and I gave him a perfect pass so it was a good goal.”
Liverpool were far from their best in the game, with Klopp even apologising to Terriers boss David Wagner at full-time .
But Shaqiri says the result was all that mattered.
“It was difficult, we saw it in the game," he said.
"Sometimes we made some simple mistakes which we normally don’t do so we gave them more little chances to go forward, but in the end these tough games you have to win and we did it."
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