Xherdan Shaqiri has had to bide his time since joining Liverpool from Stoke City in the summer.
The attack-minded star would have already been aware that he has to fight for his place in the team, and he has done just that.
On Wednesday night, manager Jurgen Klopp named Shaqiri as his No.10 for the visit of Champions League opponents Red Star Belgrade to Anfield.
The Switzerland international, who had only made seven appearances in all competitions prior to the clash, joined a midfield of Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho.
Shaqiri’s positioning allowed him to roam and feed balls into the front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
The 27-year-old created the assist for Salah’s first goal and Liverpool’s second of the night, and he also received a standing ovation from the fans when he was substituted in the 68th minute.
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On Twitter, plenty of Liverpool supporters praised the performance of Shaqiri, who could be in contention to start against Cardiff City this weekend.
— Aditya. (@AdityaLFC_) October 25, 2018
Shaqiri – Wijnaldum – Fabinho. Always liked Gini but wasn’t convinced by the other two. How wrong was I. Absolutely immense midfield performance #LFC
— K (@thrivingK) October 25, 2018
I wanted us to sign Xherdan Shaqiri when he was Basel, Bayern and Inter. Always rated him. He’s proving to be worth the wait. pic.twitter.com/YtHrz3yzLQ
— Olé (@Ole_LFC) October 25, 2018
I know we were desperate for Fekir, but got to admire the way Shaqiri has gone about his business, we already know about his wing capabilities but he is putting a proper show in as a 10, too.
— Gini Wijnaldum’s Head (@LRobinson_LFC) October 25, 2018
— paul mills (@Skills_LFC) October 25, 2018
— Micke Persson (@mickelfc) October 25, 2018
As I said before, that Shaqiri could be our alternative as an creative outlet, before we can get a proper number 10 type of player in the near future.
— LFC ID (@LFC_ID) October 24, 2018
Shaqiri has been absolutely sensational in every single game he’s featured this season, preseason included.
— Hazza (@AzzurriLFC) October 24, 2018