Date: 19th June 2018 at 8:52am
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Sunday’s World Cup Group E tie between Brazil and Switzerland certainly created a number of headlines, not least as the Swiss held Joachim Low’s side a point in a 1-1 draw.

Of interest to Stoke City fans was, of course, the performance by want-a-way winger Xherdan Shaqiri and it was in many ways a typical performance from him. He got the assist on the day for their goal and he did create some problems up front – although largely it wasn’t a great day by his own attacking standards.

Whilst he had a fair amount of support for his attacking intent across the 90 minutes, his defensive display wouldn’t have come as a surprise to many, and again whilst there were those on social media who defended him on that score, plenty more found themselves turned off by the overall showing and leaned on his lack of tracking back and closing appropriate space. More importantly, the numerous times he left Stephan Lichsteiner isolated and facing two or three players as Brazil attacked down their left flank.

With Shaqiri’s desire to secure a move away from the club following relegation and his stated preference to remain in the Premier League, with Liverpool, Everton and Southampton largely the heaviest linked with an interest in him, the Brazil game didn’t exactly win him many fans.

A quick scout of the interweb left Liverpool fans as the most torn. There were those in favour.

And those not so much.

As said, those were the mixed reactions – taking a look across our sister Vital Network sites, they seemed even less impressed with his showing.

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