Xherdan Shaqiri left out of Serbian trip to ‘avoid distractions’

Liverpool have decided to leave Xherdan Shaqiri out of the squad travelling to Serbia to 'avoid any distractions'.

The reds take on Red Star Belgrade in the 4th game of the Champions League group tomorrow evening, but they have left the Swiss international, who is an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, at home.

Around 800,000 Kosovan Albanian's fled and around 10,000 were killed during the conflict in 1998 and 1999.

During this summer's World Cup Shaqiri scored for Switzerland in the game against Serbia and celebrated by mimicking the eagle sign which is pictured on the Albanian flag.

He was fined 10,000 Swiss Francs for this by FIFA during the tournament.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explained the club's decision:

"We have heard and read the speculation and talk about what kind of reception Shaq would receive and although we have no idea what would happen, we want to go there and be focused 100% on football and not have to think about anything else.

"We are keen to be respectful and keen to avoid any distractions. So, for that reason, Shaq is not involved and he accepts and understands this."

Liverpool's game kicks off at 5:55 pm tomorrow evening and a win will ensure the reds remain top of the group.

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