Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed that he has not moved to Merseyside since joining Liverpool on a five-year contract back in July.
Instead, he prefers to reside in Manchester where he lived during his three years at Stoke City.
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The Switzerland international sat down with blick in his homeland to commemorate his 27th birthday on Wednesday and was asked a number of questions about his transfer to Liverpool and playing under Jurgen Klopp.
Shaqiri, who is set to earn his 76th international cap against Belgium on Friday, said he’s never been to the city of Liverpool except with his teammates at the team hotel.
“I still live in Manchester in the same house as when I was at Stoke,” he said.
“To be honest, I’ve never been to the city of Liverpool except with the team at the team hotel. The players said it was a bit difficult because people are coming pretty straight to you.
“I think if you’re decent, nothing will happen to you [from rival supporters]. But when we’re at the hotel in Liverpool on Friday, you hear the people outside at 11pm.
“I think in England they do not have such thick window glass as here in Switzerland!”
Although at Liverpool this season, Shaqiri would have expected to have featured for more than just 191 minutes at this stage of the season.
Now least when his one Premier League start saw him impress despite being hooked at half-time against Southampton last month – for tactical reasons.
But with Liverpool’s front three lacing a spark in the last few games, Shaqiri’s time may come in the starting team.
Anyhow, one can’t blame Shaqiri for preferring to live in Manchester over Liverpool. We understand why…
🚲 Outrageous Xherdan Shaqiri goal from EURO 2016! 💥
👕 76 ⚽ 22 🅰 19
— UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) October 10, 2018