Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool FC’s ‘wonderful’ Xherdan Shaqiri

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"I think he would have liked to have gone public earlier on Jose, and how the club is at this moment in time".

The Chilean, along with the World Cup-winning Paul Pogba, are the most obvious examples of players whose performances have deteriorated substantially under Mourinho.

Shaqiri, a £13m signing from relegated Stoke City, said he was disappointed to start on the bench against United.

Shaqiri's superb substitute cameo allowed Liverpool to reopen a one-point lead over second-placed Manchester City after the champions had knocked the Reds off the summit with their win against Everton on Saturday. "I shouldn't think about one opponent or we are the only one that can stop City".

"But we play with them away".

Regardless of the many matches still to be played, there is every likelihood that Liverpool could win the English Premier League this season if it remained consistent and focused. "We knew that if we played with full strength, if we did our best, we would have big chances to win, and that is what happened".

Jurgen Klopp's side dominated for long spells on Sunday but an error by goalkeeper Alisson allowed Jesse Lingard to cancel out Sadio Mane's opener.

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Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool FC’s ‘wonderful’ Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool FC are the only unbeaten team left in the Premier League and are now top of the table.

'But it wasn't meant to be and, like I say, it's disappointing'. Unfortunately, it came second and lost the League to Man-City with just two points.

The fixtures for the knockout stages of Europe's top competition have now been drawn and we are set to be treated to some thrilling games. "Maybe it's to do with the modern player - but I'd love to see Mourinho have a good break, come back and try to evolve a bit to bring back the old Mourinho that everyone loved".

"They are a fantastic team but we have to trust ourselves", he told De Telegraph after revealing the training ground excitement.

"It looks surprisingly good". I tried to be direct in the game and you can see also I prepared myself very [well]. Asked if he needed the same kind of investment to keep pace with Liverpool, he added: 'It's not just about the money they spend in the summer, it's about many things.

While reigning champions Real Madrid will take on Ajax, last year's finalists Liverpool will go head-to-head with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

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