Shaqiri left out of Liverpool squad for Red Star match to avoid ‘distractions’

• Player made eagle symbol of Kosovo against Serbia in Russia
• Klopp ‘keen to be respectful and keen to avoid any distractions’

Xherdan Shaqiri has been left out of Liverpool’s squad for Tuesday’s Champions League match at Red Star Belgrade because of the reception that might await him after his World Cup goal celebration against Serbia.

Shaqiri reacted after scoring for Switzerland against Serbia in Russia in June by performing an Albanian nationalist symbol. The player, who is of Albanian-Kosovan heritage, put his hands together to form what looked like a double-headed eagle similar to the one on the Albanian flag.

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via Football | The Guardian

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