Liverpool face Bayern Munich on Tuesday night in the first leg of their Champions League Round-of-16 tie, and they will be hoping for a solid start at Anfield against the Bundesliga champions. Despite his previous connection to the Bavarian outfit, there are no doubts about Xherdan Shaqiri’s mindset ahead of the game.
Talking to the Reds’ official club website, the Swiss had this to say on facing his former club, whom he played for between 2012 and 2015 before securing a switch to Inter Milan:
“I was very happy because I wanted to play against Bayern Munich, against my old teammates and my old team. I’m looking forward to the game.
“Two-and-a-half years I was there [at Bayern] and it was amazing; we won a lot of titles, we won the Champions League.
“I’m really looking forward to going there and trying to win the game in Munich with my team.”
With one eye clearly on the return fixture in March the former Stoke man will be hoping that he can cause Bayern problems, although it is currently unclear as to whether he will be fit to play on Tuesday night.
Asked about his side’s fitness going into the European clash, Jurgen Klopp said that the 27-year-old “did a lot, so it will be close, we have to see”.
Having completed his move to Anfield in the summer after Stoke were relegated from the Premier League, Shaqiri has enjoyed spells on the right flank as Klopp chops and changes his formation to accommodate all of his attacking talent, and has popped up with some hugely important goals this season.
If he is not cleared to play in the first leg, there is no doubt that the winger will be counting down the days until his side jet off to Germany for the clash at the Allianz Arena.
Regardless, the number 23’s words will be music to the ears of Liverpool fans who will be expecting each and every player to give their all.
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