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Why Xherdan Shaqiri does not play for Liverpool against Red Star Belgrade? | Football | Sport



Jurgen Klopp decided to leave 13.5 million pounds of summer signing at home meaning he had not traveled to Serbia with his team.

Liverpool was aware of the reception of the Swiss media that will receive after his controversial celebration at the World Championships.

Shaqiri was originally an Albanian-Kosovo heritage and achieved a late winner for Switzerland in groups in Russia.

The gesture that he made with his hands created an Albanian eagle threatened to cause political tensions in the Balkans and as a result FIFA accused it.

Shaqiri later did not receive a penalty for his celebration, with the Swiss team and Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka who shared a similar background.

The former Stoke man also wore boots with a Kosovo flag printed on his back.

Kosovo is the former province of Serbia, which was declared independent in 2008, but the tensions between the two countries are still high.

Klopp later discovered that he wants his side to be focused on football and that there is no disruption when taking the Red Star.

"The only thing I can say about it was that it was common sense," he said.

"Here we come to want to play football. We need to cool the situation.

"We are in Serbia, we respect 100 percent, it is the world, as it is. Politics always has always an impact on life, on the life I live at least, and that is so.

"But we are not here for this, we're here for football. We tried to make sure we could focus on football.

"That could be a story, but we did not want to have a story apart from football, so we decided what we were up to."

Liverpool is expected to fly to the celebrated Rajko Mitic stadium at Red Star.

Reds fought the last time they played in front of the hostile environment when they were attacked by Napoli at the San Paolo Stadium.

But they beat Red Star 4-0 when they faced Anfield last year.


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