Liverpool confirm 21-man squad for Red Star Belgrade clash

Xherdan Shaqiri- Jurgen Klopp keen to avoid off-field drama in Belgrade and may leave Xherdan Shaqiri behind in Liverpool

Xherdan Shaqiri played starring role during Liverpool's defeat of Red Star Belgrade last month Credit Action Images

Shaq is our player, we love him, and he will play for us a lot of times, but not on Tuesday.

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.

"We have to make sure that we remain focused on football".

"It's not sad, it's the world, politics always has an influence on life".

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

"It's not like we have no chance of getting points from the following two games", said the German coach.

Group C rivals Napoli have already dropped points in Serbia after a goalless draw in the Rajko Mitic Stadium on match day one. "We will try to make the best of the game", Milojevic told a press conference.

They have, however, conceded the most goals (10), faced the most shots (75) and most shots on target (36) of any team in the Champions League this season. "We need to be concentrated all the time, because every pause and the smallest little thing is immediately punished".

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Liverpool will also be without club captain Jordan Henderson and Nathaniel Clyne due to a hamstring issue and illness respectively, but Naby Keita and Dejan Lovren could feature.

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.

Jurgen Klopp was slightly frustrated with the performance against Arsenal at the weekend and this game will be the flawless opportunity to bounce back with three points which will put last season's finalists on the verge of qualification for the last 16.

They are up against a team who haven't lost a home game for over a year now, including the match-day one fixture against Napoli.

He scored his first goal in a 4-1 win over Cardiff City last month.

Why is the Shaqiri situation politically charged?

"The front three still aren't firing on all cylinders but they're still a handful, especially Sadio Mane".

Red Star have won eight of their last ten games with their only defeats coming in Champions League ties to Liverpool and Paris St-Germain.

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