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The situation could also be a little more risky due to Shaqiri scoring a late victor for Switzerland against Serbia in the 2018 World Cup and then celebrating by making a fluttering eagle symbol with his hands.

Swiss footballer Shaqiri, 27, is an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, where a Serbian crackdown on the Albanian population resulted in a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military intervention in 1999.

With reports that Shaqiri would be the subject of protests in Belgrade, it has been decided he will not travel.

"Shaqiri has looked threatening when he has come off the bench and maybe it is worth trying him on the wing and Salah up front, even if that is a little harsh on Firmino after all the good work he did last season", he added.

"It's a situation where we will go to the fantastic city of Belgrade as a football team to play football", Klopp told Liverpool's website.

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

"Yes, atmosphere. We are from Liverpool, we know how big the influence of atmosphere can be.

We are keen to be respectful and keen to avoid any distractions that would take focus away from a 90-minute-plus contest that is important for football and only football".

Moreover, Klopp said his club has "no political message" and is exclusively concerned with football.

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

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"People should remember where I played before, the qualities I have, and what I have achieved in the game".

Much is being made of the intimidating atmosphere that awaits Liverpool's players inside the Rajko Mitic Stadium but defender Andy Robertson has urged his team-mates to lean on their experiences away from home previous year.

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.

However, the German head coach carefully coaxed Shaqiri into the Liverpool FC team with a handful of substitute appearances before his first start in a 2-1 loss to Chelsea FC in the Carabao Cup.

Clyney is ill and will not be involved, but Dejan and Naby are back in the travelling squad.

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