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Liverpool's Shaqiri pulls out of Switzerland squad with groin injury

Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has pulled out of Switzerland's squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Georgia and Denmark. Credit: PA

Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has pulled out of Switzerland's squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Georgia and Denmark.

The national team reported the 27-year-old had a groin problem and had been replaced by Young Boys' Kevin Mbabu.

Despite featuring in every one of Jurgen Klopp's last seven matchday squads, Shaqiri has not made an appearance since coming off the bench in the goalless draw at Manchester United on February 24.

Since his last start on January 30 against Leicester, the Swiss has managed just 39 minutes of football in two substitute appearances.

Liverpool's next match is at home to Tottenham on March 31.

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Fulham test could be tougher than Bayern warns Liverpool's Wijnaldum

Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum believes Liverpool will have to make sure they are switched on as they return to domestic action. Credit: PA

Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum believes Liverpool will have to make sure they are switched on as they return to domestic action after their midweek Champions League high in Germany.

The 3-1 win over Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena was rightly hailed as an impressive performance but with the quest to end a 29-year wait for the Premier League title still ongoing, there is no time to bask in the glow of making another European quarter-final, where they face Porto.

In fact, Wijnaldum believes Sunday's opponents Fulham, second-bottom of the table, may present an even more difficult proposition than five-time European champions Bayern.

Jurgen Klopp's side capitalised from their Bundesliga opponents, behind on away goals, having to chase a second with the score at 1-1 and leaving gaps to exploit.

The struggling Cottagers are unlikely to offer the same amount of space.

"I think it will be even harder at Fulham," said Wijnaldum.

"They are struggling, fighting to survive and that is always difficult to play against, those teams.

"Fulham will make it as difficult as possible and we have to be focused."

Out-of-form Coutinho unsure over Barcelona future

Coutinho's form has dramatically dipped and he has struggled to hold down a regular starting berth. Credit: PA

Philippe Coutinho hopes he has more to offer Barcelona but is not ready to shed any light on his future beyond this season.

The former Liverpool midfielder, who moved to Catalonia last January for a reported initial fee of £106.4million, scored in Wednesday's 5-1 Champions League win over Lyon but has failed to establish himself in Barca's first team.

He has been linked with a summer move back to the Premier League, with Liverpool's fierce rivals Manchester United mentioned as a possible destination.

"In the last few weeks, months even, I've not been playing well but I still want to improve," Coutinho told Spanish TV station Movistar+ after the Lyon game.

"I came to Barcelona to give my best. I live for the moment. You never know what the future holds.

"I am happy with my performance (against Lyon)."

Coutinho has started only 16 league games this season, scoring four goals, but has netted three times in the Copa del Rey - including a brace against Sevilla - while Wednesday's goal was his second of the European campaign.

Coach Ernesto Valverde said at his post-match press conference: "It was an important game for him (Coutinho) as it was for everyone, our club and our team.

"I think he had a great game. It is true maybe this year he's had some not great matches, but in some specific times he did well, he scored two goals against Sevilla.

"So, we expect him to get more confidence in order to give us his best. We are happy for him."

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