Xherdan Shaqiri did not accompany Serbia
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Xherdan Shaqiri did not follow Liverpool in Tuesday's Champions League defeat
Liverpool's Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri did not follow the team for Tuesday's run against Serbia's Crvena Zvezda.
The midfielder has Kosovo Albanian roots and has previously celebrated the national team's goal with a controversial move that has hampered several Serbian players. Therefore, the club does not want to risk the safety of players.
"We love him and he will play for us many times, but not on Tuesday," said Jürgen Klopp.
Liverpool have excluded their Swiss squad Xherdan Shaqiri, 27, from the Champions League squad who traveled to Belgrade today to face Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) in the Champions League round on Tuesday.
The Telegraph wrote earlier that day that German coach Jürgen Klopp was hesitant to let Shaqiri follow because of the background of the Kosovoalban players.
He ended with blue weather during the summer World Cup after celebrating a goal for Switzerland by signing a two-headed eagle on the Albanian flag – something that was not at all appreciated by Serbia and FIFA.
Photo: Laurent Gillieron / TT NYHETSBYRÅN / NTB Scanpix
Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated the goal by signing a two-headed eagle this summer.
Do not want to risk his safety
Kosovo is a Serbian territory that is recognized independently by the majority of all UN countries, but not by Serbia.
Although Shaqiri himself said he was not worried about traveling to the country, the club now chose to let him stay in Liverpool to not endanger his safety.
"This is a situation where we go to the amazing city of Belgrade as a soccer team to play football. We have heard and read speculations about what" Shaq "will be and, even though we don't know what will happen, we want to go go there and focus 100 percent on football, "Klopp said, according to Sky Sports.
"He accepted it"
"We want to show our respect and thus avoid all kinds of disturbances that will focus on the soccer match. So for that reason," Shaq "was not involved during the match and he accepted it and understood it. We loved him and he will play for us many times -times, but not on Tuesday, Klopp continued.
Liverpool currently lead Group C before the second in Naples. PSG are three and Crvena Zvezda is the last in the group.
Even Jordan Henderson missed the match because of an injury. But Keita and Dejan Lovren in the vicinity returned in the squad again after missing a few moments.
Then the Champions League won 2018-19 12:29