Liverpool’s plans for 28-year-old winger revealed after transfer speculation

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Xherdan Shaqiri has been told he has a future at Liverpool – and can expect to play a vital role over the coming weeks.

Xherdan Shaqiri recently returned to training having been sidelined for almost six weeks with a recurring calf complaint.

The Switzerland international has featured for just 25 minutes this campaign and has made only one start since the winter.

But with Liverpool embarking on a hectic run of fixtures over the next two months – starting with the Premier League trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday – Jurgen Klopp has said Shaqiri would be given opportunities in the coming weeks.

“He has been really long injured, I think five weeks, so to get the match fitness again that takes time,” said the Reds boss.

“He trained this week, and we gave him some different things to do, but that’s it, apart from that he should be completely fine.

“There is no reason to rush it, but it’s nice to have him back. We saw a lot of really nice things in training this week, but it is intense for him, and he needs to get used to the intensity again, and everything will be fine.”

Jurgen Klopp added: “Yes, he offers an option in attack, but he needs to be fit for that.

“That is all we are concerned about at the moment. He was out long, and he trained and was really good in moments and in other moments it was different to the rehab stuff he did before.

“All good, the most intense period is coming so he will be ready for that hopefully if nothing happens again and you will see him on the pitch, 100%.”