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The surprise of Xherdan Shaqiri few saw him enter Liverpool

Alisson kept the eighth clearance of his career in Liverpool on Sunday after only 16 appearances, although the £ 65 million man suffered an occasional scare against Fulham on Sunday.

Restored at the beginning of the XI after being fallen against the Red Star after a difficult night at Arsenal, Fabinho impressed at the heart of midfield with Gini Wijnaldum against the Cottagers, as the £ 39 million signing of the summer continues to find his feet in Anfield.

Meanwhile, Naby Keita was limited to only one minute of action, as he made his return from the injury as a substitute for the manager Jurgen Klopp, facilitating his guinea pig back to the mix after a stop to start his life in Merseyside.

The German had to wait a year for the sum of £ 52.75 million to finally connect with its first team, which is a couple of weeks more?

Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita
Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita

However, the arrival of Liverpool was lower and lower than the one stolen in Anfield on Sunday. And not for the first time!

After moving to Anfield in a move of £ 13.5 million relegated-Stoke City after the World Cup, the arrival of Xherdan Shaqiri did nothing so fans were excited during the summer.

It's four months ahead and Klopp's most exciting player is indisputable. Some feat considering that it competes with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane for a space in attack.

Such was the impact of the Swiss player in Anfield, his form is one of the main factors behind the change of the Reds to a 4-2-3-1 system in recent weeks. As some of his teammates fail to overcome, Shaqiri continues to shine.

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Despite staying unbeaten in the Premier League, something is still not good with Klopp's Liverpool. Fortunately, they are 27 years old to help them get out of line, at least most of the time. His absence felt deeply in the defeat of the Reds Champions League against the Belgrade Red Star.

Restored in the initial formation against Fulham, Shaqiri made two goals from two appearances of Anfield, since his volleyer in the front of the Kop helped to obtain other three points.

Now in two goals and three assists of their 11 Liverpool games by the end of this season, it is safe to say that no one has seen this beginning.

Despite being just 469 minutes, the Swiss player surely made his presence felt contributing to a goal every 93.8 minutes that is in the field.

However, these totals do not include their contributions to two of Reds' three goals against Southampton, or their sumptuous pass to eventual assistant Andy Robertson for Roberto Firmino's opener against the Red Star in Anfield.

A fanatical fan of the firm already had the intention of being a squad. However, he is quickly becoming one of the most important players of the Reds.

Used on both sides, behind the front or in a deeper role in the middle of the field, Shaqiri never fails to score the pulse races. But where does this form come from?

With eight goals and seven assists, he enjoyed the most productive campaign of his career in the Premier League with Stoke last season but could not help the Potters avoid the decline.

James Milner from Liverpool with Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Bet365 Stadium on April 8, 2017

There were doubts about his mentality and working rhythms with former teammates and soon criticized him after Stoke's fall in the Championship.

Shaqiri already had time in big clubs. He went to Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

But despite winning the Champions League, Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup during their time in Germany, play time was limited and never established. Pep Guardiola never managed to get the best results.

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The eyebrows rose when Liverpool took him to Anfield. A great fish in a small pond and a player surely did not adapt to Klopp and its style were the accusations. Well the doubters were silenced.

Did Shaqiri see his move to Merseyside as a last-chance hall in a big club? Or it's only thriving on a more expressive side after three years at Bet365 Stadium.

Now, 27, is he entering his peak and has a new maturity that he needed earlier in his career?

Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Premier League encounter between Liverpool FC and Fulham FC in Anfield

Or maybe it's just a case of Liverpool and Klopp being the perfect fit for Shaqiri? It would not be the first time that the German won the best game of a player and surely will not be the last.

Whatever the reason for his amazing start to life in Anfield, he plays with a smile on his face and putting a smile on his manager's face and followers of Reds on a weekly basis.

As Bill Shankly once said, "Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool!" If the beginning of Anfield's life is something to happen, this seems to be true of Shaqiri. There's so much you can continue!

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