Published: Sun, July 29, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri insists he has nothing to prove after Nevilles' criticism

Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri insists he has nothing to prove after Nevilles' criticism

New Liverpool signing Xherdan Shaqiri has hit back at Gary and Phil Neville, after the pair had some unkind words for him following Stoke City's relegation to the Championship last season.

"I'm really happy that we have Shaq", he told Paul Machin.

"The ones who are very young, we don't think about it; they are in absolutely the right place now and if they can play with us or the under-23s, it is flawless".

"I think the important thing is to be successful, and to be successful you need to win some titles and trophies and I hope we can lift some trophies this year".

The Swiss worldwide hit back at the likes of his former teammate Charlie Adam, and pundit Gary Neville, both of whom criticised him heavily for his underwhelming performances as the Potters were relegated last season.

He said: "I've admired him for a long time".

Addressing those accusations for the first time, Shaqiri had no wish to become embroiled in a public row but staunchly defended his contribution and does not believe the switch to Anfield has left him with a point to prove.

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While Shaqiri has only just reported to pre-season, the Swiss worldwide is hoping to feature in some way, shape or form when the club take on domestic rivals Manchester United on Saturday night. He likes me as a player. "For me, I don't listen to what other people say". I'm looking forward to the new season and I hope we can finally win titles.

"It's always hard, you always have competition everywhere in the world", said Shaqiri. Everyone fights for his place, but in the end, we have many games to play and everybody is going to play games.

But the Switzerland worldwide has hit back at the two brothers, claiming that they might be criticising him for joining up with the Reds, the biggest rival of Man United. I know what it takes. I have a lot of experience.

"I'm not a fan of Shaqiri to be honest with you, "Gary Neville said after Switzerland's draw with Brazil last month".

Shaqiri is focused only on becoming a success at Liverpool, four years after his hopes of joining the club were ruined by former club Bayern Munich.

"Every player wants to play on the biggest stages in football".

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