Robertson explains Liverpool’s evolution and hails "phenomenal" Xherdan Shaqiri

Andy Robertson has hailed the "phenomenal" form of Liverpool teammate Xherdan Shaqiri after the Swiss star rejected a transfer to stay and fight for his place.

Shaqiri looked set for a season-long loan move to Germany as the transfer deadline neared but opted to snub a move at the eleventh hour.

Since then he has made several important contributions for his side, and was the man Jurgen Klopp turned to when Liverpool needed some fresh legs against Man City.

Jurgen Klopp opted to roll the dice against Liverpool's title rivals, playing an ambitious 4-2-4 formation, with Diogo Jota joining the regular attacking trident.

Discussing Liverpool's changing approach, Robertson told the club's official website : "Look, that's what happens with players like Diogo – who scored a hat-trick in midweek, he's scored so many goals – and obviously the manager looked at it and thought, 'I have to get him in the team'.

"The front three have been phenomenal the last three years and then we bring on quality like Shaq, who is in such a good moment right now. He has played phenomenal football the past couple of weeks and then we bring on Millie [James Milner], trusty Millie, slotting in for Trent [Alexander-Arnold].

"That was part of us maybe adapting as a team, being able to play different formations, being able to play different personnel and things like that – and we managed to do that against one of the best teams in the league."

Liverpool started well at The Etihad, causing City problems with several balls in behind, before they eventually took the lead through Mohamed Salah's penalty.

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It's been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp's men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk's season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson's injury worries too.

But there's no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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Soon City's extra man in midfield began to prove the difference however, as Kevin De Bruyne was able to find space to pick out Gabriel Jesus for the equaliser.

De Bruyne then dragged his penalty wide after a Joe Gomez handball had given City a chance to take the lead.

Liverpool appeared to tire as the game wore on, with Klopp introducing the likes of Shaqiri and Milner to help battle for a share of the points.

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While Klopp's tactical gamble didn't pay off quite as hoped, Robertson feels Liverpool showed the new formation is a viable option going forward.

"I thought we did it pretty well and we can adapt, and it means that we can maybe play it more often – but the 4-3-3 has worked so well for us," he added.

"So we won't play it all the time, but it means we can adapt to certain teams, certain situations and it's about us evolving as a team. So that was a big step."

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