Shaqiri, an ethnic Albanian of Kosovar heritage, scored the winning goal for Switzerland when they beat Serbia 2-1 at the World Cup in June and celebrated with a gesture which appeared to imitate the eagle displayed on Albania's flag.
Politics will keep Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri from making the trip to face Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League, almost five months after the Switzerland forward made a nationalist hand gesture while celebrating his winning goal against Serbia at the World Cup in June.
An extension of a controversy that sparked up during the 2018 World Cup, when Shaqiri's Switzerland faced off against Serbia, tensions have been high surrounding the 27-year-old. Serbia doesn't recognize its former province Kosovo, where Shaqiri was born, as an independent state. Despite settling in very well at Liverpool and turning into one of the bargain signings of the summer, Jurgen Klopp has taken the decision to leave the in-form attacker out of his plans for Tuesday's trip to the Serbian capital.More news: Blizzard planned Diablo 4 announcement at BlizzCon 2018
Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson warned his team they would face a "different beast" when they visit Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League. "We are from Liverpool, we know how big the influence of atmosphere can be", said the Reds boss, whose side comfortably won 4-0 against Red Star at Anfield a fortnight ago.
Speaking ahead of the game, Klopp said he wanted to keep the focus on football for the tricky away tie.
Moreover, Klopp said his club has "no political message" and is exclusively concerned with football. "We want to focus on that, that's all".More news: Drake accuses Vancouver Casino of racial discrimination
"So for that reason, he is not involved and he accepts and understands this".
"Yesterday was the first time in 100 per cent training so we will now have to see what we do with him for tomorrow".
After three games, Liverpool top Group C on six points, with two wins and a loss, in a strong position to progress to the tournament's knockout stages.More news: Pentagon said no to US troops building detention sites