X herdan Shaqiri has set a target for Euro 2020, has t -it announced after Switzerland ended their warm-up matches with a 7-0 rout from Liechtenstein last week. asked to elaborate, however, the details were thin on the ground. "This is my secret ",replied the midfielder, who has Switzerland pending for reasons beyond its silent ambition.
As with the last data European Championship , and the two World Cups on either side, the leader of Liverpool's game is central to Switzerland's chances of advancing from a group that opens up for them against Wales in Baku on Saturday. And not just because of his No. 10 role in Vladimir Petkovic's side. At 29, Shaqiri remains their creative influence, the main source of Breel Embolo, Haris Seferovic or Mario Gavranovic, and the man Switzerland relies on to make a difference on the tournament scene. TheThe concern for Petkovic, and the unknown for Wales, is whether he is able to respond to these requests again.
Shaqiri's secret goal could be collective and guide Switzerland beyond the knockout stages, where their involvement ended at the Euro 2016. It could well be personal, and remind potential suitors of his talents who have become a bit of a player under Jurgen Klopp. A full player with seven league titles in three countries, two Champions League triumphs and two Club World Cup winner medals. Liverpool have rejected approaches for Shaqiri in the last two January windows, but with two years left on his contract and interests spinning again, including from Italy, Switzerland's other opponents in Group A , they might no longer resist this summer. = "dcr-1b5a2hj "> The responsibility of the old environmentfrom Basel, Bayern Munich, Internazionale and Stoke City ahead in the tournament is greater than its preparations. He started just seven games for Liverpool last season, five in the Premier League, with 15 more appearances on the bench. In the three seasons since Stoke signing for a £ 13million release clause there have been 25 starts in all competitions for Klopp's side. Shaqiri completed 90 minutes twice last season, against Midtjylland and Fulham (March 7), and his only goal came against Lincoln in the Carabao Cup nine months ago. These are not the numbers of a fit or fit player.
This Lincoln game, or what followed, reflects Shaqiri's career in Liverpool in many ways. Entrusted to a role of midfielderDeeper by Klopp, he orchestrated a 7-2 victory with a brilliant free kick for the first goal, a procession of precision set pieces and a devastating range of passing. Klopp, having replaced him as a precaution against injury, said: "There is no doubt about the quality of Shaqi - there never has been. So far, everything is fine. looks really good and looks really promising. Shaqiri then missed Liverpool's next three games with a calf problem. Another chance to gain momentum was gone.
The repeated muscle injuries, which the Liverpool manager attributed to the player's powerful but short frame, marred Shaqiri's season and drove Klopp into the distraction." He could have perhaps played 90 minutes, "said Klopp after Shaqiri produced an assist for Mohamed Salah in the 3-1 win at West Ham in January. "But that's the problem right now: you don't know.You just don't. "There were worrying signs in the preparation for the European Championship too. Shaqiri felt a pain in his thigh after just 45 minutes of the friendly 2-1 victory over the United States on May 30. He was able to make his debut as captain in the win over Liechtenstein four days later, but was again substituted after 45 minutes. His impact in both friendlies was minimal.
Wales interim manager Rob Page, however, will find no solace in the playmaker's modest preparations. Shaqiri's tournament record with Switzerland demands respect and attention. He lived up to expectations and scored in the 2018 World Cup, the 2014 World Cup, when a hat-trick against Honduras secured Switzerland's place in the round of 16, and in the Euro 2016, when a superb kick over the edge of the box saved a draw against Pologne. Granit Xhaka was the only player missing in the shootout that followed as Poland advanced to the quarter-finals.
Shaqiri was also named in the The UEFA tournament team at the 2019 Nations League Finals but, despite a significant outing on the international scene, its commitment to Switzerland is regularly called into question. Binational Swiss-Albanian, he sparked controversy at home and in Serbia by celebrating his last minute winner against them in the 2018 World Cup with a celebration of the Double-headed eagle - similar to that of the Albanian flag. Fifa fined him 10,000 Swiss francs and the Serbian Football Association lodged a formal complaint regarding the flag of Kosovo on Shaqiri's right boot. He was excread of Liverpool's Champions League trip to Red Star Belgrade later that year to avoid stoking tensions.
" A lot of people misunderstood this, "he told The Guardian at the time. “I was born in Kosovo and grew up in Switzerland. Some people think that I am not giving everything for Switzerland because I have the flag of Kosovo on one foot, but that is totally wrong. It's a big part of my story, my life story, and will always be with me. The Swiss flag is on my left foot because I score with it. Wales has been notified and I hope Shaqiri will share his secret with us soon.