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Liverpool let Shaqiri to ’political reasons’ at home

Xherdan Shaqiri

The English club fears a hostile reception from the Swiss with Kosovo-Albanian roots in the stadium of the Serbian champion. ,,We have heard and read how ‘Shaq’ there could be,” says manager Jürgen Klopp. ,,We want 100 percent focus on football and not on other things to have to think, so he remains at home.”

Shaqiri came at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Russia in disrepute, because his goal in the won team contest against Serbia (2-1), celebrated with a gesture that is as provocative is seen. He is pictured with his hands the two-headed eagle on the flag of Albania. Granit Xhaka, the other Swiss goalscorer, did exactly the same. Both of them were constantly uitgefloten by the fans of Serbia, because the relations with Albania and Kosovo is still extremely sensitive. Both Shaqiri as Xhaka received the FIFA a fine of 8600 euro because their gestures a political charge.

Shaqiri is indeed fit, but still take Klopp him to Belgrade. ,,We are Liverpool, a great club and a football team. But we have no political message. We want a great game play which only about football. For that reason, a ‘Shaq’. He understands and accepts that. He is our player, we love him and he goes very often for us to play. But Tuesday is not.”

Jordan Henderson (injured) and Nathaniel Clyne (sick) to stay in Liverpool behind. Dejan Lovren and Near Keïta return in the selection of the ‘Reds’, where Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum of discrete values.

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