The tensions date back to the Balkan War, where Serbian forces initiated a conflict against ethnic minorities across Yugoslavia; Shaqiri himself was born in Kosovo. 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.
Moreover, Klopp said his club has "no political message" and is exclusively concerned with football. We want the focus to be on a great game of football, free from anything else.
"We are keen to be respectful and keen to avoid any distractions".
"[He] understands this. Shaq is our player, we love him, and he will play for us a lot of times, but not on Tuesday".
Klopp said Shaqiri accepted the decision. We can not clarify that situation tonight and it's not our job.
"We are in Serbia, we respect that 100 per cent". No, it's not sad - that's the world, that's how it is.
"It's not sad, it's the world, politics always has an influence on life".
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"But we are not here for that, we are here to play football".
"It could have been a story but we didn't want to have a story besides a football story".
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 a year ago.
"We have to be strong tomorrow again football-wise". That's why we decided what we decided.
Being ready for that should include Shaqiri, who has the skill to make sure Liverpool come away from the game with three points.
Liverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri insists he deserves more respect. "I don't know what has happened, but Firmino is not the same player who was so important to this Liverpool side last season".
Serbs don't like Shaqiri because of his actions during the World Cup. We've got the experience of playing in these stadiums before and we're just to focus on the game at hand.
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Liverpool have only lost one of their last 11 group stage games in the Champions League (W5 D5), scoring 33 goals in total during this run (an average of 3 per game). "Once the whistle goes, we'll be focussed on the game and not the stuff around about it".
Midfield: Naby Keita is back in contention after recovering from a hamstring injury that's kept him out of the last five games in all competitions and the Guinea global could be recalled in midfield if Klopp feels he's fully match fit.
The midfielder picked up a thigh injury while on global duty with Guinea.
Fellow midfielder Henderson will work at Liverpool's Melwood training ground as he recovers from a hamstring issue, although he is expected to be fit for Sunday's Premier League home game against Fulham, and full-back Clyne is ill.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference on Monday, the Scotland global said: 'We have experience of playing in these stadiums and we have to focus on the job in hand. But that gives us a few options and opportunities.
"He's impressed me more than I thought he would with that, but I think it's been good for him to work under Jurgen Klopp".
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