Red Star Belgrade v Liverpool

Xherdan Shaqiri came on as a second-half substitute during Liverpool's 1-1 draw at Arsenal

The Liverpool winger is proud of his Kosovan and Albanian roots and has not been afraid to show it, leading to an awkward situation for his club once they were drawn against Red Star of Serbia in Group C of the Champions League.

Shaqiri plays for Switzerland's national team but has roots in Kosovo, a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008.

"He's a wonderful player but in the past nine of his appearances for Liverpool he has scored once - against Red Star Belgrade - and not managed a single assist".

Liverpool are not concerned about the 27-year-old forward's safety but fear that his inclusion might fuel a hostile atmosphere that affects their... Shaqiri denied his celebration had political overtones.

The midfielder was at the centre of controversy along with Switzerland teammate Granit Xhaka when they celebrated goals with a pro-Kosovo "double eagle" gesture that represents the Albanian flag during the World Cup win over Serbia in Russian Federation.

Shaqiri is left behind in order to "avoid any distractions" that may be caused by his Albanian heritage.

"We are keen to be respectful and keen to avoid any distractions".

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"So for that reason, he is not involved and he accepts and understands this. We didn't want a story beside a football story and that's why we decided".

"[Sunday] was the first time in 100 per cent training so we will now have to see what we do with him for [Tuesday]".

Therefore, Georginio Wijnaldum could be the man to make way against Red Star Belgrade while Jordan Henderson remains on the sidelines with a niggling hamstring problem that he picked up last month. I realised already tonight [that] - I expected it differently - mostly the English-speaking journalists were asking about it, to be honest.

The French champions go to Italy for a huge match later on Tuesday after Liverpool play.

Liverpool play Red Star Belgrade tomorrow evening and although a win is never a given, the way the Serbian outfit was dismantled at Anfield bodes well for the Reds.

Meanwhile, Naby Keita is part of the squad flying out to Belgrade later on Monday after recovering from his hamstring injury.

"He's impressed me more than I thought he would with that, but I think it's been good for him to work under Jurgen Klopp".

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