Gary Neville didn’t hold back in his assessment of Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer.
Shaqiri was preparing to play for Switzerland in their World Cup opener against Brazil. He hadn’t yet signed for Liverpool, coming off a disappointing season for Stoke, when Neville let rip.
“I’m not a fan of Shaqiri to be honest with you,” Neville said. “I think that was to be fair made worse by the fact that he distanced himself from his team-mates as Stoke.
“They were unprofessional last season Stoke there’s no doubt and he epitomises it.”
Shaqiri responded in August by sending Neville a signed Liverpool shirt after he lost a bet with Jamie Carragher.
The Swiss star has made an impressive start to life at Anfield; Neville has had no reason to criticise him.
But that doesn’t mean that Shaqiri would even be bothered to listen to the Sky Sports pundit.
Would Shaqiri have a coffee with Neville?
Shaqiri has reignited his spat with Neville in an interview with Blick, saying he cares little for Neville or any of his other critics.
When asked if he would have coffee with the Man United hero, Shaqiri replied, via the Liverpool Echo: “Not at all. I do not care what he says. I do not care if he says now that I'm playing hard.
"Many have ridiculed after the transfer that Liverpool is too big for me. But I was always calm, too, when I got little playing time at the beginning.
"I knew, of course because of the experience at Bayern and Inter, that I have to be patient, work focused and then take my chance when I get it."
Shaqiri has certainly done that. He has contributed with two goals and three assists in his last six appearances for the Reds.
The 27-year-old admitted that the idea to send Neville a signed shirt came from Liverpool.
"It was an idea of the club that I liked to follow,” he continued. “But I do not bring my services for my critics."News Now - Sport News