Shaqiri still settling in at Anfield


Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed that he hasn’t visited the centre of Liverpool.

The Switzerland international moved to Anfield in the Summer after former club Stoke City were relegated in a deal worth a reported £13m – which was possible due to a clause in his contract.

But he has admitted that he is still settling in to life as a Liverpool player and is continuing to live in the same Manchester home he had during his time with the relegated Potters.

“I still live in Manchester, in the same house where I lived during my time with Stoke.” he told Blick.

“To be honest I have never yet been into the city of Liverpool, except to the team hotel with the rest of the squad.

“The players told me it is somewhat difficult to go there, as people come up to you pretty directly.” he added.

Shaqiri pondered whether he would receive unwanted attention from rival Everton fans if he goes unescorted into the city centre while away from training.

“Is it dangerous because of the Everton fans? I don’t know.” he continued.

“I think that if you behave decently then nothing will happen to you.

“But when we are at the team hotel in the city on Fridays we can hear the people outside at 11pm and midnight.

“I think the window panes in England aren’t as thick as the ones in Switzerland!” he finished.

The former Basel, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan man will be hoping to get more time on the pitch once the international break is over and the squad gather.

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