Xherdan Shaqiri to miss Liverpool trip to Belgrade

Xherdan Shaqiri to miss Liverpool trip to Belgrade

Xhredan Shaqiri has also remained in England as the German admitted that he did not want to take the Switzerland global winger due to political reasons.

"It could have been a story but we didn't want to have a story besides a football story". That's the world. Politics has always influenced life - on the planet I live at least. We are here to play football and focus on that.

"For the club, Belgrade, Serbia and the whole region tomorrow is an important occasion, and we are looking forward to a spectacle".

"We need to use it to our advantage".

"We have to make sure that we remain focused on football. We want to focus on that, that's all", said Klopp. The club has also enjoyed a strong start to the Premier League, now sitting in third place, just two points behind leaders Manchester City.

Liverpool FC head into the game fresh from their 1-1 Premier League draw at Arsenal on Saturday night.

Red Star have just a single point from this latest campaign and that came in their only home match so far in the group, a 0-0 stalemate with Napoli.

As for the team news, Liverpool welcome Naby Keita and Dejan Lovren back and they travelled with the squad.

After the Premier League side's routine 4-0 win over the Serbs last month, the former Bayern Munich victor said he could "handle it, no problem", in reference to playing in Serbia.

The Scotsman says the Reds' players have been watching videos of Red Star fans at the Rajko Mitic and believes they are ready for what awaits them.

Liverpool supporters will hope that the Reds can duplicate the form from their matchup against the Serbian club two weeks ago in the Champions League as Mohamed Salah led the Reds with a brace in a convincing 4-0 win at Anfield. The front three still aren't firing on all cylinders but they're still a handful, especially Mane.

Red Star are bottom of the group on just one point and have virtually no chance of qualifying for the knockout stages ahead of Liverpool, Napoli or PSG so coach Vladan Milojevic has admitted they are playing for pride this evening.