Liverpool Star Fires Back At Gary Neville - “I Do Not Care What He Says”
We all know that Gary Neville is not the biggest fan of Xherdan Shaqiri, but it appears that the Liverpool player doesn’t view the former Manchester United defender in the highest of regards either.
Back in June Neville was highly critical of Shaqiri’s 'unprofessionalism' at Stoke.
“I’m not a fan of Shaqiri to be honest with you,” said Neville.
“I think that was, to be fair, made worse by the fact that he distanced himself from his team-mates as Stoke. They were unprofessional last season Stoke there’s no doubt and he epitomises it.
“To be honest with you with him, players like that I can’t have to be honest with you, I struggle with it.”
The following month Shaqiri made the £13.5million switch to Liverpool, and has gone on to enjoy a bright start to life on Merseyside, contributing two goals and two assists for the Reds so far.
Now, Shaqiri had this to say when he was asked by Swiss German-language publication Blick whether he would meet up with Neville for a coffee.
“Not at all,” said the Swiss playmaker.
“I do not care what he says. I do not care if he says now that I'm playing hard.
“Many have ridiculed after the transfer that Liverpool is too big for me. But I was always calm, too, when I got little playing time at the beginning.”
Shaqiri returns from the international break on the back of Switzerland’s stupendous 5-2 thrashing of Belgium, a game in which the Swiss trailed by two goals after 17 minutes, only to orchestrate a stunning comeback and book their place in the Nations League finals, at the expense of Eden Hazard and co.
The 27-year-old will now be pushing for his third Liverpool start of the season when Jurgen’s Klopp men travel to Watford on Saturday, and fans will be hoping his form continues as the club bids to extend their unbeaten league start to 13 matches.