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

Reports: Klopp Considering Dropping Shaqiri From Belgrade Visit

Reports: Klopp Considering Dropping Shaqiri From Belgrade Visit

Xherdan Shaqiri has been left behind by Klopp, in order to avoid any unsavoury situations in Belgrade, owing to the attacker's Albanian descent.

Moments later Red Star and their 55,000 fans packed into the Rajko Mitic stadium were in dreamland as Pavkov picked up possession midway inside the Liverpool half, strode forward and unleashed a powerful strike into Alisson Becker's top right-hand corner.

A deflected Andy Robertson cross struck the Red Star crossbar in the second period while Mohamed Salah struck the post with a shot from the edge of the box.

Two weeks ago, Liverpool routed Red Star 4-0 at Anfield.

Kick-off will begin at 5.55pm but BT Sport 3 (channel 533 for Virgin, 410 BT TV, 869 Sky HD and 417 Sky) will air coverage from 5.15pm.

"Asked what the player's reaction was the Reds boss said: "'OK, boss'.

Liverpool went into the game hoping to open up a four-point gap at the summit before Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain faced each other later on Tuesday, but the visitors fell well short of expectations.

Liverpool were held in their last Premier League game and dropped to third in the league table, so they will look to get back to winning ways.

During the World Cup in Russia, Shaqiri a well as his national teammate Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner both of Arsenal all received fines for their 'double headed eagle gesture' against Serbia. It relates to Shaqiri's Kosovo and Albanian heritage, which he proudly and openly promoted during last summer's World Cup. The former Stoke City man was born in Kosovo, a state that has a turbulent relationship with Serbia - who refuse to recognise its independence.

Klopp was, perhaps, at fault for setting the tone for a subdued performance by dropping Roberto Firmino to the bench and starting with Daniel Sturridge instead.

But Liverpool should have been in front in the 17th minute when the ball ran kindly for Daniel Sturridge inside the six-yard box, but the England worldwide somehow managed to blaze over the bar when completely unmarked.

However, the German will have been delighted to have received a timely boost ahead of the game with two of his key players set to make a return.

Salah and Van Dijk then wasted late chances, as Red Star dug deep to open the door to Napoli or PSG in the hunt for first place.

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