Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has said that he deserves more respects for all that he has achieved throughout his footballing career.
Before coming to Liverpool, Shaqiri played for Basel and top clubs like Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
Shaqiri won three Swiss Super League titles and two Swiss Cup titles with boyhood club Basel. However, his finest honors came during his three-year spell at Bayern Munich. Shaqiri won two Bundesliga titles, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup with Bayern Munich among other trophies.
He was the top scorer and the top assist provider of the DFB-Pokal during the 2012-13 season.
Shaqiri has also scored 22 goals for the Switzerland national team that includes a hat-trick at the 2014 World Cup. He is only the second Swiss player to have scored a hat-trick at the FIFA World Cup.
Shaqiri joined Liverpool this summer from Stoke City who suffered relegation from the Premier League last season. The Swiss winger said that while relegation was a forgetful moment for him, he still deserves respect.
Shaqiri said, “Being relegated with Stoke was a very bad experience for the club and for me and I hope they can come back quickly. But despite what happened there, I am a Champions League winner. I think that deserves respect. People should remember where I played before, the qualities I have, and what I have achieved in the game.
I played for one of the biggest teams in the world in Munich and again I am playing for one of the big clubs. So I don’t feel any pressure from the Liverpool shirt. When I go back to Munich, the fans show me that I am loved. I want it to be the same here. Why not a second time?”
Shaqiri has made 10 appearances for Liverpool this season, scoring a goal and providing three assists. He said that he has settled down at Liverpool and is currently in his finest form.
Shaqiri said, I think I am settled now and showing my best form. t is always important when you join a new club to play well, but also to win games, and obviously we have been doing that. It takes time for me to understand what the coach wants and also for my team-mates to understand me.
I am getting more minutes on the pitch now and I feel I am getting better. It’s great being back in the Champions League. This was what I wanted. It’s an unbelievable feeling for me to be at this level after what happened at Stoke last season.”
Shaqiri will certainly feature in Tuesday’s Champions League fixture against Red Star Belgrade. He’ll be hoping to put up a strong performance to help Liverpool win the game.