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Switzerland claim Shaqiri isn’t available for international duty as he is focusing on Liverpool

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Shaqiri not available for Switzerland

The first international break of the 2019/20 season will begin next week.

Switzerland will play two Euro 2020 qualifiers in that time.

The first of which takes place this coming Thursday vs the Republic of Ireland. Switzerland then take on Gibraltar next Sunday.

Ahead of the upcoming break, Switzerland have announced their latest squad.

One of the more noticeable omissions was Xherdan Shaqiri.

Switzerland would give a reason why Shaqiri was left out, stating he is not available as he is focusing on his club (Liverpool):

Xherdan Shaqiri will not be available. He decided to focus fully on his club.

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 20: Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Liverpool FC at John Smith’s Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)

Klopp on Shaqiri

Shaqiri has not had a great start to the new season.

The midfielder has yet to feature in the Premier League with his only action in 2019/20 an 11-minute sub appearance in the Community Shield.

Despite not giving Shaqiri even a sub appearance in the league this season, Jurgen Klopp was praising his training during his pre-match press conference ahead of Burnley.

Klopp goes on to state that Liverpool will need him:

“Shaq is training well, that’s the situation.

“It’s the first four weeks of the season, that’s how it is. That’s probably the hardest period for players who are not [playing].

“In training, Shaq doesn’t have to improve in any way if he can keep the level he is doing at the moment.

“Of course he can improve like how everybody can improve, but it’s not about that – he doesn’t have to show anything special.

“We will need him, he knows that 100 per cent.” As quoted by Liverpool’s official website.

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