Shaqiri omitted from Liverpool squad ahead of UCL clash in Belgrade

Xherdan Shaqiri came on as a second-half substitute during Liverpool's 1-1 draw at Arsenal

Xherdan Shaqiri came on as a second-half substitute during Liverpool's 1-1 draw at Arsenal

The situation could also be a little more unsafe due to Shaqiri scoring a late victor for Switzerland against Serbia in the 2018 World Cup and then celebrating by making a fluttering eagle symbol with his hands.

Shaqiri comes from an ethnic Albanian family from Kosovo, a former Serbian province.

Jurgen Klopp appears to be the one to have taken the decision to leave Shaqiri out of his squad for the trip, with the safety of the player and the rest of the squad potentially put at risk by his presence.

Liverpool FC signed Shaqiri, Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Naby Keita in the 2018 summer transfer window as Klopp added depth and quality to his Reds squad ahead of a potential title challenge.

Klopp is keen to avoid unnecessary distractions as Liverpool look to take a significant step towards qualification from Group C on Tuesday night.

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Liverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri insists he deserves more respect.

The Swiss national footballer transferred to Liverpool from Stoke City in the pre-season transfer window and has impressed club manager Jurgen Klopp, bagging a goal and two assists from seven appearances so far this season. So for that reason, Shaq is not involved and he accepts and understands this. "We have no political message, absolutely not", Mr Klopp said.

Red Star have won all three of their league fixtures since the 4-0 defeat at Anfield last month, most recently beating Proleter Novi Sad 2-0 away from home on Saturday. We tried to make sure we can be focused on football.

"[Sunday] was the first time in 100 per cent training so we will now have to see what we do with him for [Tuesday]. I worry about nothing and go to play".

"To have 27 points on the board after just 11 Premier League games would normally be enough to be clear at the top, but one team has changed the rules of normality in the race for top spot and Liverpool will struggle to maintain such a fierce pace". I realised already tonight [that] - I expected it differently - mostly the English-speaking journalists were asking about it, to be honest. These games are always tough to start off with and Red Star will give Liverpool plenty to deal with in the opening stages but once they get over that then they've got the skill to get a couple of goals.

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