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Shaqiri left out Liverpool's squad for Belgrade trip due to safety concerns

Shaqiri left out Liverpool's squad for Belgrade trip due to safety concerns”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp concedes Xherdan Shaqiri's omission from the UEFA Champions League squad tonight is down to political reasons.

"We have to concentrate on football".

"It's a situation where we will go to the fantastic city of Belgrade as a football team to play football", Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

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

"We are Liverpool FC, a big club, a football team but we don't have any message further than that". That's why we are here, to play football.

Liverpool might have dropped two points in the Premier League away to Arsenal but Klopp will be expecting his side to get back to winning ways in the next two fixtures as Red Star and Fulham prepare to face the Merseysiders.

Cascarino wrote for The Times: "Roberto Firmino looks to me like he needs a rest and I wouldn't be surprised to see Jurgen Klopp leave him out of one of the next few games".

"For the club, Belgrade, Serbia and the whole region tomorrow is an important occasion, and we are looking forward to a spectacle".

Jurgen Klopp's side have made a solid start to the new season under the German manager and they are now third in the Premier League table and two points off top spot after 11 games.

"It was a hard situation if you want, usually you don't think about things like that before a game but we had to think about it".

Last season's runners-up are now top of Group C and one point clear of Napoli at the midway point of the group stage.

Liverpool supporters will hope that the Reds can duplicate the form from their matchup against the Serbian club two weeks ago in the Champions League as Mohamed Salah led the Reds with a brace in a convincing 4-0 win at Anfield.

Liverpool thumped Red Star 4-0 on October 24 at Anfield in their last Champions League game on goals from forwards Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

"The front three still aren't firing on all cylinders but they're still a handful, especially Sadio Mane". Klopp may not want to give the expected sell-out crowd any more fuel in what should already be a heated contest with Red Star needing to get a result.



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