The Swiss winger’s time on Merseyside has been strange, arriving from Stoke in a cut-price £13.75 million deal and contributing when called upon, but never fully trusted as a starter.
As these could have served as platforms for Shaqiri to stake a claim for a prolonged role in the starting lineup, this campaign will be a ‘what could have been?’ for the 28-year-old.
Shaqiri is expected to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, but has remained a vocal part of the squad’s training sessions over Zoom during the Premier League‘s suspension.
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And this week he took part in a Q&A on the club’s social media channels, in which he reflected on that afternoon at Anfield.
“It was a special game, a big derby obviously,” he said of the win over United.
“For me, I came on as a substitute and first of all it was important to help my team-mates to win the game.
“And, yeah, with my two goals we won the game in the end, a big derby game. So I will never forget this moment.”
Shaqiri was in line to take the corner that ultimately secured Liverpool’s place in last season’s Champions League final, but before he could assume his position Trent Alexander-Arnold had already taken it quickly.
That led to an immortal winner from Divock Origi, and unsurprisingly the winger was asked on his memories of the moment—though he admitted there were few.
“It was very quick,” he explained.
“And at the end of the day we scored a goal from that, a very important goal, so that was a very good goal!”
And he discussed the emotions around the win over Barcelona, and then going on to win the Champions League—a feat he has now accomplished twice in his career—and bringing the trophy back to Liverpool.
“This feeling was so amazing,” he said of the semi-final.
“It was very emotional, with the fans together, to celebrate this great win, and we’ll never forget it.
“Winning the Champions League is an unbelievable achievement, first of all. Just unbelievable emotions when you lift this amazing trophy. And I won it twice, so I’m very proud of that.
“It’s just an unbelievable feeling, especially last year when we celebrated with the fans in the streets.”
There is a clear affinity between Shaqiri and Liverpool, even though his status in the squad may not reflect that, and if he does depart at the end of the season he should be remembered fondly.