Xherdan Shaqiri's impact for Liverpool summed up through impressive statistics


Liverpool are now six points clear at the top of the Premier League after yet another emphatic victory - this time over old foe Rafa Benitez - as the Red's ruthlessly dispatched of Newcastle United 4-0.

Jurgen Klopp has been heavily praised for his modern, attacking-style of play and has been reaping the benefits with the added bonus of Manchester City losing their last two league games.

The Red's last title win was all the way back in 1990 - before the Premier League was even created - meaning that the Kop faithful are absolutely desperate to break the duck after an era of trophy-laden success in the two decades prior to their last success.

Mohamed Salah is back to firing on all cylinders after a lacklustre start to the season, currently sitting joint-second in the Premier League top scorers list.

Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane who complete the famous trio have also began to find their feet after slow starts, spelling danger for fellow title challengers City and Tottenham.

Shaqiri has been Liverpool's unsung hero this season

However, one player that has seemingly gone under the radar for Liverpool this season is £13 million signing Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Swiss - bought from relegated Stoke City in the summer - has fulfilled his undeniable potential that had been weighing the former Bayern Munich midfielder down for the majority of his career. Bagging six goals and two assists in 14 league games.

Shaqiri's game-time may have been limited up to this stage but statistics prove that when the Swiss plays with the 'big three', there is no stopping Klopp's men.


The new-found quartet have combined in no less than eight games this season and Liverpool have won every single one of them.

Not only have the Red's earnt 24 points while these four players have been on the pitch, 22 goals have been scored too, with Shaqiri boasting the best goals to minute ratio (119 minutes).

And it doesn't stop there.


Breaking it down further, it works out that Liverpool score a staggering goal every 28 minutes when Shaqiri, Salah, Firmino and Mane are all present.

The downside you would think would be defensively, considering how attacking the shape would be with these four on the pitch, but Klopp has his defensive stalwart in Virgil Van Dijk.

Therefore, a measly two goals have been scored.

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Taking all of this into consideration, Klopp has managed to improve his side a vast amount in a world where it seemed you had to spend upwards of £50 million to get the desired effect.

The German has found himself a little Swiss bargain

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