Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Liverpool omit Shaqiri for Champions League trip over political tensions

Xherdan Shaqiri was a member of Bayern Munich's treble winning side of 2012/13 Xherdan Shaqiri was a member of Bayern Munich's treble winning side of 2012/13
Andrew Wong | 05 November, 2018, 21:00

Liverpool travel to Serbia for tomorrow night's Champions League showdown with Red Star Belgrade. Shaqiri also played with the flag of Kosovo, the breakaway region that is not recognized as independent by dozens of countries, including Serbia and Russian Federation, on his right boot.

In an effort to avoid controversy and unnecessary "distraction" Klopp has now chose to leave Shaqiri at home, stating his intentions to be "respectful" and to exclusively focus on the football.

Liverpool are not concerned about the 27-year-old forward's safety but fear that his inclusion might fuel a hostile atmosphere that affects their...

Commenting on Shaqiri's absence from the squad sheet, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said they want to be focused on football and opted to not play Shaqiri to "avoid any distractions", insisting the Swiss midfielder understands his decision.

"It's a situation where we will go to the fantastic city of Belgrade as a football team to play football", Klopp told Liverpool's website. We want the focus to be on a great game of football, free from anything else.

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Asked at his pre-match news conference about the omission, Klopp added: "Look, I think my job and your job as well is not to, with questions which you answer, provoke when you answer".

"When we have a full choice we can make a few changes in the right moments".

But they will do without Shaqiri after taking the decision to leave him at home.

And the German knows the game won't be easy, saying: "It will be really tough and we have to be ready for that".

"We've been watching videos of how the fans act and it's a special stadium".

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'We need to be concentrated all the time, because every pause and the smallest little thing is immediately punished'.

He went to notch up eight league appearances for Liverpool before picking up an injury on his Champions League debut against Napoli last month and then on worldwide duty, forcing him to miss the side's next four matches.

Red Star's former Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin, back in the squad after injury ruled him out at Anfield, knows they have to be wary.

"Hendo was close, but not close enough".

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