Liverpool surprised many after making it all the way to the UEFA Champions League final last season, with the Reds looking to make sure they show the football world that it was no fluke as they mount a title challenge in the Premier League having made it to the knock-out stage of this season’s Champions League. But how does a former Bayern Munich star rate Jurgen Klopp’s mentality to sustain their form as the season reaches a climax.
The Reds are chasing down the Premier League crown and despite lacking experience of getting over the line, their mindset is considered to be right according to Xherdan Shaqiri, who the mentality at Anfield can be comparable to the one he experienced while landing Bundesliga crowns at Bayern Munich. The Switzerland international helped the German giants to secure domestic dominance on two occasions during a productive spell at the Allianz Arena.
Shaqiri is now hoping to enjoy similar success in England having linked up with Liverpool in the summer of 2018, helping Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table ahead of Manchester City. And almost three decades have passed since the Reds last took the title, but they are considered to have the collective mindset required to get over the line. Shaqiri told the club’s official website: “I played in Germany and won titles there, so I have experience of it.”
The Switzerland international added: “It has to be a winning mentality and the players need to be focused. The mentality is similar [here]. You need to go into games trying to win them and to give everything to do that. I am pretty sure with the talent we have in the team we can achieve a lot. Now we need to keep going this hard until the end. To work hard in training, to take the training into the games and to keep going. There is a long way to go, but we are in a very, very good way to be successful.”
Liverpool missed the chance to pull seven points clear of the chasing pack in their most recent outing as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho’s Leicester City at Anfield. It has been suggested that a stalemate in the snow showed signs of nerves, but Shaqiri considers a point against the Foxes to be a positive result.
He added: “I think it was a good point to take in the end, because although we always want to win every game, it was maybe not our best performance this year. So, in the end, it was a draw and we take the point. Obviously being five points clear is better than four. We wanted to win the game, but every game is very tough to play. Leicester have a good team, were very well organised – you saw that in the game – and it was difficult against them. So, we take the point and we go forward – we are looking to the next game now. Everything is good, so we will just keep going like this. We are looking forward to the next game on Monday, which is very important to win. If we continue to stay focused at the highest level, I am confident we are going to [continue to] win games.”
Klopp’s side will next face West Ham United at the London Stadium on Monday night as they continue their title challenge. Will Shaqiri’s team-mates prove his words true with a win on Monday and go one to win the league title?
EPL: Chelsea finally tell Real Madrid how much to pay for Hazard
Real Madrid will have to pay a huge amount to sign forward, Eden Hazard, away from Premier League giants, Chelsea this summer.
The Spanish giants are eyeing Hazard as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who after nine years, left the Santiago Bernabeu for Juventus in an £88million deal last summer.
According to Belgian outlet, HLN, Chelsea wants at least £98.5million for Hazard after rejecting Real Madrid’s opening offer for the 28-year-old.
Hazard is a huge admirer of Zidane as a coach and named the French legend as his idol growing up.
The Belgium international has so far refused to sign a new long-term deal with Chelsea as he enters the final 12 months of his current contract at Stamford Bridge.
FA Cup semi-final fixtures revealed [See full draw]
Manchester City will play Brighton and Hove Albion in the semi-final of the FA Cup.
City came from two goals down to defeat Swansea City in the quarter-final on Saturday, while Brighton needed extra time to see off Millwall today.
Watford face Wolverhampton Wanderers, who eliminated Manchester United yesterday.
The games will take place over the weekend of April 6.
Both fixtures will be played at Wembley Stadium.
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