Why Xherdan Shaqiri Didn't Travel To Belgrade With Liverpool

Shaqiri I'm a Champions League winner I deserve respect at Liverpool

"It could have been a story but we didn't want to have a story besides a football story".

Xherdan Shaqiri will miss the clash as Klopp anticipates he is likely to receive a bad reception due to political reasons.

"I will not make it "Shaqiri said" or "wanted" actually".

"We came here as a football team, representing one of the biggest clubs in the world".

"But we are not here for that, we are here to play football".

Liverpool have left Swiss worldwide Xherdan Shaqiri out of the squad for Tuesday's Champions League tie at Red Star Belgrade, saying they were uncertain over what sort of reception he would receive in the Serbian capital. Shaqiri is our player, we love him, and he will play for us a lot of times, but not on Tuesday.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: "We will take pretty much everyone".

"We are in Serbia, we respect that 100 per cent".

The Serbian champions will hope that their supporters will make a difference on Tuesday evening and help them get a positive result to make some noise in a highly competitive Champions League Group C which also consists of Italian power Napoli and French champions PSG.

Former Arsenal star Nicholas seems to think that the Reds will take all three points with a 2-0 victory.

"We need to cool the situation down".

As for the team news, Liverpool welcome Naby Keita and Dejan Lovren back and they travelled with the squad.

"Even if Paris loses, they can still get 10 points by winning the two games and the last one is here".

Shaqiri started Liverpool's 4-0 home win over Red Star on October 24.

Jurgen Klopp's side now sit top of Group C and go into the Belgrade clash as heavy favourites having comfortably dispatched Red Star at Anfield recently.

Klopp should stick to the front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah. 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.