Liverpool confirm Xherdan Shaqiri will not travel to Belgrade for Red Star match but Ireland's Caoimhin Kelleher will

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Xherdan Shaqiri won’t journey with the Liverpool squad for the Champions League tournament in opposition to Pink Famous person Belgrade on Tuesday, the Premier League membership have introduced.

Jurgen Klopp named his squad for the midweek travel to Serbia, yet cited the “more or less reception” Shaqiri may face as the cause of leaving the midfielder in the back of.

The 26-year-old used to be born in Kosovo, a state whose independence isn’t recognised by way of the Serb govt. When Shaqiri made some extent of celebrating his heritage – he wore the Kosova flag on his boot when taking part in for Switzerland – he used to be accused of provocation.

He additionally celebrated scoring the successful objective in opposition to Serbia on the International Cup with an Albanian nationalist eagle image along with his palms, an act for which he used to be fined by way of Fifa.

“It’s a scenario the place we will be able to move to the implausible town of Belgrade as a soccer staff to play soccer,” Klopp instructed the membership web site.

“We now have heard and browse the theory and discuss what sort of reception Shaq would obtain and despite the fact that we don’t have any concept what would occur, we need to move there and be centered 100 in line with cent on soccer and now not need to take into accounts anything, that’s all.

“We’re Liverpool FC, a large membership, a soccer staff yet we don’t have any message additional than that. We don’t have any political message, completely now not. We wish the point of interest to be on a really perfect sport of soccer, loose from anything.

“We’re prepared to be respectful and prepared to steer clear of any distractions that might take center of attention clear of a 90-minute-plus contest this is essential for soccer and best soccer. So because of this, Shaq isn’t concerned and he accepts and understands this. Shaq is our participant, we adore him, and he’s going to play for us numerous occasions, yet now not on Tuesday.

“I’ve heard such a lot of superb issues concerning the town of Belgrade, and the rustic of Serbia as an entire, from buddies and associates who’ve visited prior to, so now I’m in reality having a look ahead to taking Liverpool there for a really perfect sport of Champions League soccer.”

Irish goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is known as within the squad.

Liverpool: Fabinho, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Gomez, Alisson, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Mignolet, Robertson, Origi, Solanke, Matip, Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold.

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