Liverpool continued their unbeaten run in the Premier League to return top of the table with a 3-1 win against recent bogey team and fierce rivals Manchester United this evening, with Xherdan Shaqiri being the man responsible for ensuring Liverpool ended the game with all 3 points.
It looked like being one of those games after half-time — United were fortuitously level after an Alisson error and Mourinho had set up to resort Liverpool to long shots outside the penalty area; however Shaqiri, who was brought on for Keita with around 25 minutes to go, changed the complexion of the game completely.
Taking a shot from outside the area, it ended up in the back of the net after a deflection, while a carbon copy happened merely moments later, where another deflected shot from the Swiss took it past De Gea.
Fans were quick to praise the ex-Stoke man on Twitter, keen to remember just how much of a bargain he was for only £13.5m:
Shaqiri taking Gary Neville’s words and shoving down his Manc throat! Big fan of that!!!
— LFC Stanley House (@LFCStanleyHouse) December 16, 2018
Shaqiri is so underrated. He’s border line world class.
— 10 (@sadioo10) December 16, 2018
13 MILLION SHAQIRI COST, THIRTEEN
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) December 16, 2018
SHAQIRI AGAIN THE MAN IS PUTTING ON A MASTERCLASS
— Mik (@MikLFC) December 16, 2018
Shaqiri was honestly such a good signing. Can essentially play right across the front three/in midfield & is a proven international. Isn't too problematic when he's not in the lineup every week either. Hard to believe that there weren't more teams interested for ~£13m.
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) December 16, 2018
Wed December 7th, 2011: Xherdan Shaqiri makes two assists in Basel's 2-1 win over Man Utd – sends United out of Champions League.
Sun December 16th, 2018: Xherdan Shaqiri subbed on in the 70th minute and scores two goals to get LFC the win against Man Utd.
Man United killer. pic.twitter.com/v8H7HmZ5Zg
— Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) December 16, 2018
Able to operate across all of the front three and even in midfield, Shaqiri has proved to be an absolute bargain since his arrival from Stoke City in the summer — even more remarkable considering he was initially signed as a squad player.
With two goals against United, he has already written himself into Liverpool folklore today.