Peter Crouch gives his honest take of Xherdan Shaqiri's start to his Liverpool career

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Xherdan Shaqiri is finding his feet in a Liverpool shirt.

The Swiss international has had to wait for his chance under Jurgen Klopp, but he is starting to show why the German manager paid £13 million for his services this summer.

Shaqiri is yet to open his account for the Reds but has impressed in their last two games.

He played a crucial role in Liverpool's 4-0 triumph over Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday night, where he played a key role in each of his side's first two goals.

Peter Crouch has now had his say on Shaqiri, revealing that he told his Stoke teammates in the summer that the 27-year-old would 'rip it up' after completing his transfer to Liverpool.

"To see him thriving for Liverpool, then, comes as no surprise to me," he wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.

"When he got his move to Anfield in the summer, I said to a few of the lads in our dressing room that he would go there and rip it up and that is what he has been doing over the last few weeks."

Liverpool possess one of the best attacking trios in the world at this current time which has limited Shaqiri's playing time so far.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are considered irreplaceable in this Liverpool squad by many and they emphasise that notion week after week.

But Crouch has made a bold statement in saying that Shaqiri has what it takes to make himself a permanent fixture in Liverpool's front three.

Peter Crouch and Xherdan Shaqiri were teammates at Stoke City

"People say it is impossible to break up Liverpool’s three-man attack of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane when they are all fit but if anyone is going to do it, Shaqiri can.

"In terms of ability, he is up there with the best I’ve played with. Trust me, he can be whatever he wants to be.

"For someone with his ability, £13million is a bargain in this day and age and I’m only surprised that more clubs didn’t register an interest. I know he is going to have a big season.

"You need belief in yourself to thrive at Anfield and that is something he has got in abundance. 

Xherdan Shaqiri is starting to thrive in a Liverpool shirt

"Liverpool look the real deal this season. They are so dynamic and so exciting and their squad is primed to push for the biggest trophies.

"Shaqiri might just be the man who provides the final ingredient to the team. He is genuinely special — it’s up to him to prove it."

Interesting. Very few actually believe that Shaqiri could make himself a starter in front of either Mane, Firmino or Salah: but Crouch seems pretty confident that he has what it takes.

It's fair to say that not many will agree with Crouch at the moment.

But if Shaqiri continues to thrive at the club, many will start to share Crouch's opinion of the Switzerland international.

Red Star Belgrade
Xherdan Shaqiri
Sadio Mane
Roberto Firmino
Mohamed Salah
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