Mellor was very impressed with the Switzerland international performance against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League
Former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor has likened Xherdan Shaqiri to Philippe Coutinho.
And Mellor, who played for Liverpool for four years (2002-06), believes the club have signed a player similar to that of former fan favourite Philippe Coutinho, who left to join Barcelona in January.
“I really like Shaqiri. What a bargain he seems like when you think what Liverpool bought him for in the summer from Stoke,” Mellor told Love Sport Radio.
“He has that creative ability in the final third to open up defences. Again at the weekend against Huddersfield with his assist for the goal and again in the second half with a lovely little through ball.
“Not since Coutinho have Liverpool had that sort of creative player in the midfield three.
“We know about the front three and they’re going to score plenty of goals.
“But if you’ve got someone with that creative influence just in behind he could well make a big difference.
“Adam Lallana has been that player but unfortunately injuries have limited his game time. So Shaqiri could be a big difference in games where teams are going to set up and say ‘come and break us down’.
“Someone like Shaqiri could be the answer in those tighter games.”
The game also saw Mohamed Salah bag a brace which took his overall goal tally for the club to 50.
Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane scored the other goals as they finished matchday three at the top of Group C which also contains Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli.
COURAGEFormer Liverpool target reveals he tried to take his own life after failed move
BIG DEALTransfer news: Neymar's Barcelona return could stop Liverpool signing top target
HISTORY MAKERThe list of Liverpool legends Salah scored 50 goals faster than
REALITY?Stats experts reveal how Premier League table should look after nine matches
mo more problemsKlopp hopes Salah scrutiny stops after he makes Liverpool history
‘WORLD CLASS’Mo Salah rewrote the Liverpool record books with Champions League brace
fab displayFan reaction: Liverpool new boy Fabinho hailed as major upgrade on Henderson
light workMo Salah hits double as Liverpool thrash Red Star in Champions League
Should you block ads? Adblocker