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Klopp aims to "cool the situation down" with Shaqiri Red Star omission

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Klopp aims to 'cool the situation down' with Shaqiri Red Star omission

Klopp aims to "cool the situation down" with Shaqiri Red Star omission

Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp says he left forward Xherdan Shaqiri out of his squad for the Champions League trip to Red Star Belgrade for political reasons.

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Klopp aims to "cool the situation down" with Shaqiri Red Star omission

SHOWS: BELGRADE, SERBIA (NOVEMBER 5, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER, JUERGEN KLOPP, TALKING ABOUT XHERDAN SHAQIRI'S OMISSION FROM THE SQUAD, SAYING: "Yes.

I took a lot of times in my life a decision about a playing squad, a travel squad, and so far the player's always accepted it.

And the first part, I thought we had this statement on our club website?

Everybody who can read knows it already.

So we come here as a football team and we represent one of the biggest football clubs in the world.

That's why we're here, to play football.

We want to focus on that, that's all.

And because of the situation, people here all know better how the situation is, we decided not to bring Shaq (Shaqiri) here.

And I said it, he's our player, he will play a lot of games for us but not tomorrow, that's all." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER, JUERGEN KLOPP, TALKING ABOUT XHERDAN SHAQIRI'S OMISSION FROM THE SQUAD, SAYING: "We have to cool the situation down because we cannot clarify that situation tonight and it's not our job.

We are in Serbia and we respect that with 100%.

I know it's not sad (means sad), that's the world how it is.

Politics always has an influence on life, on the planet I live at least.

And that's how it is.

But we are not here for that, we are here for playing football.

And that's why we try to make sure we can be focussed on football.

I realised tonight already I expected it differently but mostly the English-speaking journalists were asking about it to be honest.

So it could've been a story and we didn't want to have a story besides a football story, and that's why we decided what we decided." STORY: Liverpool left Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri out of the squad for Tuesday's (November 6) Champions League visit to Red Star Belgrade so they could avoid any distractions, manager Juergen Klopp said.

Shaqiri, an ethnic Albanian of Kosovar heritage, would have faced the prospect of a hostile reception from Red Star fans for the way he celebrated a goal at this year's World Cup in Russia.

Shaqiri scored the winner when Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1 in a group match and made a gesture which appeared to imitate the eagle on Albania's flag.

The 27-year-old also had Kosovo's flag imprinted on his boots.

Serbia refuses to recognise the independence of its former southern province Kosovo, whose 1.8 million people are mostly ethnic Albanians, which broke away 10 years ago.

Soccer's world governing body FIFA fined Shaqiri 10,000 Swiss francs ($9,970.09) for his gesture, which was deemed to be "unsporting behaviour contrary to the principles of fair-play".

He denied that the celebration had political overtones.

Liverpool top Group C on six points, one in front of Italian side Napoli, ahead of their match at the Rajko Mitic stadium.




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