Xherdan Shaqiri has found life tough at Liverpool since joining from Stoke City, with regular playing time increasingly hard to come by.

It is not only at club level where all is not well with the 28-year-old, however, having recently been on a brief exile with Switzerland.

An issue surrounding the captaincy has also arisen, with Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka given the armband.

While Xhaka dealt with the issue professionally, Shaqiri is believed to have been unhappy about the decision.

As Switzerland prepare to take on Denmark in an upcoming Euro 2020 qualifier – Shaqiri will miss out through injury – Danish great Peter Schmeichel has criticised the Liverpool forward’s behaviour, in quotes provided by MSN:

I liked the words of Granit Xhaka in the context of Shaqiri’s absence. I read that the captain question played a role in Shaqiri’s thinking.

Although this has been denied in the meantime, nevertheless I found it strong that Xhaka said: ‘If Shaqiri wants to have the captain’s armband, he should take it.’

Xhaka showed that he wants to be a leader even without ties – and gave the pressure to Shaqiri. That was brilliant of him. In contrast to Shaqiri, who behaved like a child.

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In many ways, Schmeichel’s words are actually fair, with Shaqiri seemingly not coming across a team player, especially in comparison to Xhaka.

For the cynical among us, however, it could be construed as a Manchester United legend trying to unsettle a Liverpool player.

Anyone associated with the Reds’ rivals will be concerned about their current eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League, as they finally look to end that long wait for title glory.

Either way, Shaqiri is at a point in his career where he needs to get both his club and international career back on track.

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