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Arsenal legend Wright: Shaqiri close to Coutinho at Liverpool

Arsenal legend Ian Wright is full of praise for Liverpool's summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri.

Wright believes the Switzerland international "is not a million miles away" from the Brazil star's level.

“If you're Xherdan Shaqiri, you're delighted that Liverpool have come for you when Stoke have just gone down," Wright told Premier League Today.

“You're not going to turn down Liverpool and you are going to wait your turn, just like we've seen with Fabinho.

“Fabinho came and had to wait his turn and he looks amazing and what you get when you're a team like Liverpool now is people say, 'I know this manager will play me at some stage and if I do play he will probably keep me in the team.'

“You know you're going to get a fair chance and that is all you want. When you look at Shaqiri, the rest of them aren't like how he is.

“I think that he occupies that Coutinho would occupy and he's got a little bit more in respects of the way he can run at people, he can pick out the passes, get in the box and score goals.

“He's not Coutinho but he's not a million miles away from that calibre of player in respect of what he can bring to the team. Free-kicks, he can do everything!"

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