Liverpool are still meeting Xherdan Shaqiri, according to Jurgen Klopp, who admitted that it was difficult to leave the Swiss win outside of his XI against Cardiff City.
Despite setting the winner of Mohamed Salah against Huddersfield Town before impressing against Belgrade's Red Star in the Champions League, Shaqiri had to settle for a spot on the bench for Saturday's Premier League clash at Anfield, with Adam Lallana preferred.
But the former Stoke City man had the ideal impact when he was introduced. scoring Liverpool's third goal in a 4-1 victory just moments after Callum Paterson withdrew one.
And Klopp emphasized that Shaqiri rested, instead of abandoning him, with Liverpool unsure of how the 27-year-old would react to a congested list of matches.
"Shaq came in and was involved in two good goals, which is always good," Klopp told a news conference.
"That made it so difficult to leave him out because he was a good player for that game, but we had to think if it was the right thing.
" He played four games almost 90 minutes in a row. Both international games for Switzerland, then Huddersfield and Belgrade for us.
"It was clear, we do not know Shaq long enough to know how he reacts, sometimes you have to protect the players until you know them a little better." 19659002] "I thought the lineup we chose was good, it was good for Adam started, he was really involved, especially in the first half, except in the second half, which is completely normal.
"We decided otherwise, but" Soccer games are 97 to 98 minutes and 14 players are needed for that. We only use 13, but achieving that quality is a big difference. "
Sadio Mane scored a double on either side of Shaqiri's 84th minute goal, and Senegal The forward believes that the former Bayern Munich player has been a fantastic addition to the Liverpool team.
"Everyone is happy to have Shaqiri here. He is a man of the first and he is a fantastic player, "Mane said on the official Liverpool website.