Carabao Cup Football

Journalist notices what Klopp repeatedly told Shaqiri five minutes into Chelsea game

Chelsea have progressed to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after seeing off Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield.

After a drab first half, Daniel Sturridge had a golden opportunity to break the deadlock just minutes into the second 45 minutes.

He had the goal at his mercy after rounding Willy Caballero but he inexplicably placed his shot from six yards out wide.

But the 29-year-old made amends with a lovely finish just over 10 minutes later.

Liverpool looked as if they would be going through to the next round but Chelsea staged a late fight back.

Emerson Palmieri converted from a set piece before Eden Hazard won it for the away side with a wonderful solo goal.

It wasn’t all negative for Liverpool fans, however.

One man that was given his chance to impress by Klopp was Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Swiss international was given his first start for Liverpool against Southampton on the weekend and put in an impressive first half display.

Xherdan Shaqiri impressed once again on Wednesday night

The former Stoke man was the best player on the pitch and played a key role in Liverpool’s first and third goals as they ran out 3-0 winners.

But eyebrows were raised when he was subbed off at half-time against The Saints.

Shaqiri was clearly not injured and it was later revealed he was subbed off for tactical reasons.

Klopp put on James Milner in his place with the intention of having someone more capable in defence.

Jurgen Klopp still wants Xherdan Shaqiri to do more defensively

It seems Klopp doesn’t have full trust in Shaqiri yet to work in his system.

Eyes were on Shaqiri once again against Chelsea and a journalist has noted what Klopp was shouting at him just minutes into the game.

Dominic King of the Daily Mail noticed that the German manager was ‘repeatedly’ telling him to close down the opposition defenders.

He wrote: “Interesting reaction from Jurgen Klopp to Xherdan Shaqiri, repeatedly waving his hand at him to to tell Shaqiri to get up the pitch and press.”

That is interesting, as he says.

Shaqiri was impressive once again for Liverpool in his second start since his £12 million move this summer.

But he still has work to do in the defensive side of things if he wants to be a mainstay in Klopp’s side.

Nevertheless, Shaqiri has still had a great start to life at Liverpool and he looks as if he will play an important role for the club going forward.

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