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Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri happy to 'play every forward position' under Jurgen Klopp

Xherdan Shaqiri has said Liverpool's style of play is "perfect" for him and hopes his versatility can lead to regular opportunities.

Shaqiri moved to Anfield  this summer after Liverpool triggered a £13 million release clause in his Stoke City contract as Jurgen Klopp sought extra depth in his forward line.

The Switzerland international appeared as a second-half substitute in Liverpool's win over West Ham United on the opening weekend of the Premier League, but is still awaiting his first competitive start for the Reds.

"The manager has brought a few players in this summer with very good quality who are going to help a lot," Shaqiri told Liverpool's matchday programme. "This team needed a little competition in various positions because that makes you better and makes you stronger so I am looking forward to the season and we have started very well.

"I believe that I can play every position along the frontline and the coach knows that.

"I played every position in the friendlies: I played as a nine, I played as a 10 and I've played as a winger, although with the coach you don't really have wingers as you change positions every time with one player going inside and another player going out.

"That's really good and I like the football the way the coach plays. It is perfect football for me too."

Fellow summer signing Fabinho is also waiting to make his competitive debut for Liverpool after joining from Monaco in a deal worth €50m.

The defensive midfielder has not been part of Liverpool's matchday squad for the last two games, with Georginio Wijnaldum thriving in the No. 6 role since the start of the campaign.

"Gini can switch from one mindset to the other and that is pretty good for us," Klopp said. "If you ask me, he was brilliant in preseason as the eight. He was good as the six but brilliant as the eight. That's why we never had any doubts about him. He can play both.

"It was always clear he would be in the mix for the six position. He has worked hard and plays it very well. He's a good footballer, but it is important that you have the kind of mindset that you can cool yourself down in different situations.

"[In that role] it's important you don't follow the ball or offer runs in behind when we have enough players to do that. We need a few reasonable persons on the pitch, if you want, and Gini has shown he can switch between both."

Speaking after Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Brighton on Saturday, Klopp said Fabinho was still adjusting to his new club and the demands of the English football.

"We are 100 percent convinced, so everything will be fine -- but sometimes it needs a bit longer," Klopp said.

"Is it then nice for the player not to be in the squad? No, but I have to make a squad for the matchday and not for matchday 15. That's it, it's all good."


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