Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Xherdan Shaqiri to miss Liverpool trip to Belgrade

Xherdan Shaqiri to miss Liverpool trip to Belgrade

In 1999, Serbia allowed for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation intervention to crack down on the Albanian population within the country, leading to unrest that still exists today due to Kosovo not being recognised as an independent state.

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

"It could have been a story but we didn't want to have a story besides a football story".

"We need to cool the situation down".

Liverpool now lead Group C with six points, one ahead of Napoli and two more than Paris St Germain.

"We are Liverpool, a big club, a football team but we don't have any message further than that".

"If we could win here tomorrow it would give us a bit of control but only until the next game because everything is open again".

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the German tactician said, "We will take pretty much everyone".

"That's what we have to try".

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Ahead of the game, Klopp confirmed that full-back Nathaniel Clyne had been left out of the squad due to illness, but welcomed back Dejan Lovren into the fold, after the Croat had missed the 1-1 draw against Arsenal this past weekend due to an injury, along with Naby Keita.

Salah and Firmino were on target as Red Star Belgrade were beaten 4-0 at Anfield a fortnight ago, and both now sit one goal short of the legendary Rush's total of 14 European Cup goals for the Reds before Tuesday's return game.

Forward El Fardou Ben Nabouhane scored six goals in the qualifying matches, and has 10 Super Liga goals this season.

One contributing factor that pundits and journalists have cited is fatigue and tiredness but Jurgen Klopp was asked about whether or not Firmino is exhausted after playing nearly 70 games of football since the start of last season.

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.

The Brazilian's made more appearances under Klopp than any other player since he took over in 2015.

The Reds have scored 48 goals in the Champions League from the group stages since the start of last season, 10 more than Real Madrid.

This is a volatile situation so not taking Shaqiri they're trying to diffuse the situation.

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

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