|Org||Switzerland National Team|
|Club as Player||Stoke City|
2015 10 03 Retrieve
[Xherdan Shaqiri on his FIFA 15 ratings] I agree that heading is not my forte, but I should have been given a better grade in defending
2016 07 16 Retrieve
[Xherdan Shaqiri is unimpressed that Zoltan Gera’s effort for Hungary against Portugal was voted as the best goal of UEFA EURO 2016] There are some things it would just be better not to put to the vote. I’m not disappointed that my goal was not elected. But everyone knows that my goal was the most beautiful. Perhaps all Hungarians have voted
2016 12 24 Retrieve
[Xherdan Shaqiri speaks fondly of his time working under coaches Pep Guardiola and Jupp Heynckes at former club Bayern Munich] His training was special, detailed and pretty demanding - but absolutely ace. We did everything with the ball. With Jupp Heynckes during preparation, we would run like scared rabbits three times a day. But that was so everyone was 100 per cent fit
2019 05 31 Retrieve
[Xherdan Shaqiri says that Liverpool are aiming to win the Champions League] Jurgen Klopp is always relaxed. We are always having fun during and after training. He’s a positive person. He does everything for us and we give everything for him. We want to win it for him.
I think we had a great season and there is one big final ahead of us. We’ll try everything to win this title because the club deserves it, the fans deserve it and the players deserve it. It’ll be a really special thing if we win it. Tottenham is a top team. They showed the world how good they are. It’ll be a difficult game, but we’re confident. It’s only 90 minutes and anything can happen
[When asked if the all-English encounter is the biggest game of his career to date] It’s difficult to say, it’s one of the biggest because it’s a special game. I want this emotional thing again. Especially for this club because they’re waiting a long time to win it
2019 06 03 Retrieve
[Xherdan Shaqiri has sought to end any talk of him considering a move away from Liverpool] This club needs to win titles, and it’s a good start to win this one, no? Now next year we are going to go again and try to win the Premier League. That’s my big dream, to win the Premier League with this club. It just feels amazing. It’s been a long time since Liverpool won this title, 2005. It’s amazing to give the fans what they deserve. This club deserves everything, the staff, everyone involved. I think we’re going to have a big, big party!
Of course if we didn’t win it, we’d have been very disappointed. We played such a good season, and we deserved to win at least one trophy. Now we won the biggest title in Europe, it’s amazing. It doesn’t happen every day. We are a very good team and we work hard together every day. I hope we can go on, this is just the start and we can win many more titles
2019 06 04 Retrieve
[Xherdan Shaqiri says he is determined to stay at Liverpool despite having to settle for a backup role at the newly-crowned European champions] I’m at Liverpool FC, the best club in Europe. The manager has many good options and has to decide who can play. I knew before my transfer that the competition here is very tough. I have a long-term contract and I definitely will stay.
[One of those assists came in the Barcelona victory - it was from his cross that Georginio Wijnaldum rose to head Liverpool level in the tie] It’s a special moment for me standing here with the gold medal again. I’m just proud and happy. I think I contributed my part to the title
2019 06 06 Retrieve
[Xherdan Shaqiri, who impressed for a Switzerland side that will now contest the third-place play-off, thinks his side must learn to be more ruthless] We were the better team, for sure, but Ronaldo decided the game. This is football sometimes. We can’t always play well and lose. We have to learn from our mistakes and do better next time
2019 07 06 Retrieve
[Switzerland star Shaqiri was forced off in the Nations League encounter against England] Liverpool will further assess an injury Xherdan Shaqiri sustained during Switzerland’s Nations League encounter with England. The forward is due to return to Melwood in the coming weeks, where the calf issue will be checked by the Reds’ medical team. The knock forced Shaqiri from the field after 65 minutes during the encounter at Estadio D Afonso Henriques in Portugal on June 9
: 2019 07 09 Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool will be without Xherdan Shaqiri for the start of their pre-season programme due to a calf tear
: 2019 07 15 The annual FUTTIES event in FIFA 19 Ultimate Team is still going strong as the most recent card revealed is the Dynamic Dribbler. The fans have voted Chelsea’s recent £40 million permanent signing Mateo Kovacic as the central-midfielder, beating competition from Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri and Paris Saint-Germain’s Julian Draxler.
2019 08 17 Retrieve
[Xherdan Shaqiri has hinted that he may look for a move away from Liverpool] I’m disappointed that I did not play anymore. Nobody likes to sit on the bench. It’s clear that I want more time. I have to look at the situation and find a solution.
[The former Inter and Bayern Munich star is, however, adamant that no proposals have been put to him] I have no idea where this came from. I do not know about these offers
2019 10 06 Retrieve
[Shaqiri frustrated with bench-warmer role at Liverpool but has no problem with Klopp] Of course I’m dissatisfied that I do not play more often. If that is not the reaction of a pro, he’s in the wrong job. He (Klopp) cannot personally discuss the role of each player, that’s normal. We have a big, talented squad, and many have to wait for their chance. I have never had a problem with the coach. He knows that I am ready
[Having played his part in that memorable European triumph, Shaqiri says he can look back at his time on Merseyside so far with satisfaction] Not for a second have I regretted the move to Liverpool. Many wrote me off in Stoke, but who can claim to have switched directly from a relegated side to a Champions League winner? I was in the starting XI in the return leg of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, which will go down in club history. And because of my two goals to defeat everlasting rival Manchester United, they still often call me a legend. Apart from the fact that I would like to play more, I’m happy in Liverpool. I have a certain status in the team because I am one of the more experienced players. I think I’m one of the leaders
2019 11 22 Retrieve
[Shaqiri assured of Liverpool future as Klopp fends off transfer talk] 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 is adamant that minutes will come his way once Shaqiri returns to full match sharpness] He has been really long injured, I think five weeks, so to get the match fitness again that takes time. 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
[If he does come back into contention, then Shaqiri will offer an alternative option in a creative attacking post to the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson] Yes, but he needs to be fit for that. That is all we are concerned about at the moment. He was out long and he trained and was really good in moments and in other moments it was different to the rehab stuff he did before. All good, the most intense period is coming so he will be ready for that hopefully if nothing happens again and you will see him on the pitch, 100 per cent
2019 12 05 Retrieve
[Shaqiri airs Liverpool title dream after returning to Klopp’s plans in style during derby triumph] We are grounded. We take it game by game and that’s the most important thing. We don’t need to think about winning titles. My biggest dream is to win the title with this club and give it to the fans. So we will try everything. We have to focus on the pitch, stay grounded and work hard every day. If we win, it will be amazing but we still have a long way to go
I think you saw [how much I enjoyed it] on the pitch. 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
[The first half] was unbelievable. We obviously changed formation a little bit and some players played who didn’t play a lot for a few weeks. We did very well. It’s big credit for the team; you can see how good we are. We started very well. Of course, it was a little bit dramatic and we have to learn from our little mistakes, but that’s football. It’s a busy period now and we have to go on and win games, that’s the most important thing in football. It was a good night for us Reds
2019 12 05b Retrieve
[Fit-again Shaqiri can be Liverpool’s difference-maker in December] I’m very happy to be back. I’m feeling fresh, feeling good, and I think you saw that. I’m ready. I think the coach saw that too in training. I trained very well and he gave me the chance and I think I played very well. I’ve been injured but thank God I don’t have knee problems or something. I had some muscle problems, so I just needed a few weeks to recover well. The calf is very dangerous to get a re-injury and I had this so obviously it was not nice but I stayed positive and tried to come back. I worked very hard in the gym and with the fitness coaches to come back and be ready when the coach needs me. I’m feeling good. At the end of the day it’s important to win games with my team, we won it as a team, and obviously when I can contribute it’s always good. Let’s hope for more games!
[He delighted the Anfield crowd with a series of deft touches, flicks and turns against Everton, as Liverpool stuck the knife into their struggling rivals] You know me! That’s how I play, so it’s nothing new! I’m an instinct footballer so I like to play good football if I feel good. I felt good so I tried some things and it went well. We wanted to keep the city red. We did that, so it was very important
2019 12 16 Retrieve
[Shaqiri excited by ‘special’ Club World Cup as Liverpool star seeks to become a two-time winner] It’s special because you play against totally different nations’ clubs, so it’s an amazing experience. You cannot always have this experience, it’s a long way to get there so we have to enjoy that too. I won it already with Bayern, it was amazing, and it’s also important for the club: a big trophy, an important trophy. We will do everything to win. It’s going to be good - good weather, good teams so we have to enjoy it but also try to win it. It’s an opportunity to win it and to bring one more trophy back to Liverpool
2020 03 27 Retrieve
[Xherdan Shaqiri was smiling, buoyant, confident. Looking to the future. Happy to talk. The 28-year-old has started only four games in the last 14 months, with Roma, Sevilla and Zenit among those interested in signing him] I’m ready. I’ve worked very hard to be ready when the coach needs me, and I’m feeling good
[That was December 4, after the Swiss star had helped Liverpool to a 5-2 Merseyside derby win over Everton. Shaqiri, making his first competitive start of the season, had scored the Reds’ second goal, completed 90 minutes and impressed everyone with his sharpness and stamina] I’m feeling fresh. Let’s hope for more games!
2020 04 11 Retrieve
[Shaqiri admits of his fondness for Ronaldo] I liked him, his style and how he was playing was so amazing. He was my big, big idol. I did his haircut too - in 2002, the triangle - I did it, too. Everybody was shocked in school when I went to school with this haircut. But I loved him and I still love him. He is my big idol. I wish I could meet him. I was not really copying him, because every player is so different and has different specialities and different talents. But he was my big hero back in the day. When he lost against France in the [1998 World Cup] final, I was crying at home. He was my big idol
[Having represented the likes of Bayern Munich, Inter and Liverpool, the Swiss star has graced the very top of the game and accumulated an enviable collection of major honours] To be honest, I never thought I would do this kind of career. Sometimes I tell my family, ‘Look where I played, look how many trophies I won.’ It’s just incredible. You cannot have that every day, or not everyone can say they won the Champions League twice with two different teams, twice a world champion, many titles with Bayern Munich in Germany and in Switzerland too with Basel. It’s just amazing, it’s like a dream how I live every day. And I enjoy it, that’s my thing - to stay grounded and enjoy it on my own with my family and my people around who are very proud of what I achieved until now. And I want to give this to this club [Liverpool] too, my experience, what I did with big clubs. That can only be a positive
2020 04 11b Retrieve
[Shaqiri sets Liverpool title challenge as Reds wait on first crown in 30 years] The Premier League title is especially very important for this club and for a lot of players here because not a lot of players won titles. It’s very important for them too. For a few years it was always coming, coming and playing well, but no title. This big club needs to fight every year for the title. It seems like the winning mentality is here now and trying to stay at the top is very important, and difficult. That’s the most important challenge for this club, I think.
[The former Bayern Munich and Inter midfielder added] It was a shame we didn’t win the league but it was amazing to get the Champions League title again for Liverpool. For me, the second time. You never forget these kinds of feelings, these kinds of trophies you win with the team. And to celebrate with the fans, after a long time they could celebrate something big in the city, was just amazing. The potential for this team is very high, I think we can go as high as possible. But we need to stay on our toes and to be on our highest level to be really very, very successful
2020 04 18 Retrieve
[Xherdan Shaqiri speaks with Liverpool’s official club website about his footballing idol, Ronaldo] I liked him, his style and how he was playing was so amazing. He was my big, big idol. I did his haircut too - in 2002, the triangle - I did it, too. Everybody was shocked in school when I went to school with this haircut. But I loved him and I still love him. He is my big idol. I wish I could meet him. I was not really copying him, because every player is so different and has different specialities and different talents. But he was my big hero back in the day. When he lost against France in the [1998 World Cup] final, I was crying at home. He was my big idol