Date published: Sunday 4th November 2018 4:32
Liverpool man Xherdan Shaqiri believes he does not get enough respect as a player due to his relegation with Stoke.
The 27-year-old won the Bundesliga twice with Bayern Munich and was also part of the Bavarians’ 2012-13 Champions League winning squad.
Shaqiri suffered relegation with Stoke last season before securing a £13m move to Anfield, but he thinks his achievements with Bayern are overlooked.
“Being relegated with Stoke was a very bad experience for the club and for me and I hope they can come back quickly,” Shaqiri told the Mirror . “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.”
Shaqiri has been frustrated for opportunities since his arrival on Merseyside, with only two starts in the current Premier League campaign so far.
But his recent appearances, including an excellent turn in the Champions League against Red Star Belgrade and a goal in the 4-1 win over Cardiff City, have caught the eye and shown that he is simply not at Anfield to make up the numbers.
“I think I am settled now and showing my best form,” he added. “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. I have my dreams to win things with Liverpool. Why not?”