Jamie Carragher gives Xherdan Shaqiri passionate pep talk before Merseyside Derby

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Jamie Carragher has remained a prominent figure on our television screens as a pundit after retiring from professional football in 2013.

The former Liverpool player has remained closely linked with the Merseyside club, and decided to pass on his wisdom and experience as a long-term Liverpool player.

One player in particular was pulled aside after Liverpool's defeat against Paris Saint-Germain and was immediately warned of the importance of the up and coming Merseyside Derby.

Xherdan Shaqiri - who came on for the last 15 minutes against PSG - has yet to experience a Merseyside Derby and with a highly charged fixture such as this, the Swiss could be in for quite the shock.

Carragher therefore felt it necessary to put his 'father-figure' hat on and try to rub off some of his unbridled passion for the club on the former Stoke City man.

Carragher warns Shaqiri of the importance of the derby

"I pulled Shaqiri on the way out in the mixed zone in Paris," Carragher told the 'All Together Now' Everton podcast.

"He came over and said: 'Hello.' I said to him: 'It's the derby on Sunday and you have to win, you have to win.' He said: 'I know.'

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Shaqiri appears all too aware of the importance of the Merseyside derby to the players and especially the fans.

It seems Carragher's reasoning behind his quiet word with the winger is because the ex- England international is adamant that the Swiss star will start on Sunday.

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"Shaqiri will play 100%. I think he'll go back to the 4-2-3-1 system with Shaqiri on the right. Shaqiri seems to add something a little bit different."

Carragher also added who he'd like to replace Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson due to the centre midfielder's suspension.

"I'd like to see Keita go in there, it was built up that he was going to make a big difference to the midfield but we've only seen glimpses of it so far."


Do you think Shaqiri should start the Merseyside Derby? Have your say in the comments section below.

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