Liverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri requires further assessment on an injury sustained during international duty, the club confirmed on Saturday.
The Switzerland international had to go off injured in a match against Portugal in early June, with the calf problem having not yet healed.
The Reds kicked off their pre-season preparations on Saturday but Shaqiri will not return to Melwood immediately.
His return has been delayed and he will be checked by the club’s medical team upon his return in the coming weeks.
However, he was primarily used as a substitute option, playing back-up to Jurgen Klopp’s elite attack that ran Manchester City so close in the Premier League and won the UEFA Champions League.
His injury setback has raised the issue of squad depth amongst Liverpool fans, with the club having made no signings so far this summer apart from teenage defender Sepp van den Berg.
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These supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Shaqiri after hearing of his injury update…
Time to get Pepe then @LFC you need backup don’t you?
— Matthew Blackwell ??????? (@Mattblackwell76) July 6, 2019
Sell him he is useless anyway
— Not sure (@HoUs4oO) July 6, 2019
Sign some playerss then!!!!
— ? (@lfcfabb) July 6, 2019
Yh but don’t buy anyone because all we need is tweaking right….
— Unbearable Lane???????? (@JurgenAhBelieve) July 6, 2019
ahh no hope this isnt the start of it
— ⭐⭐⭐cazzer⭐⭐⭐ (@werliverpool8) July 6, 2019
And we ain’t buying any one hahaha
— . (@alad12346) July 6, 2019
Shaq and Naby injured, Mane Salah Firmino still in tournaments, Studge sold. We defo need reinforcements for preseason
— Irvin_ (@LfcOkx) July 6, 2019
Hopefully he’ll be ready for the tour in the US
— Cathal Robinson (@CathalRobinson) July 6, 2019