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Liverpool’s Clyne to miss Red Star clash through illness

05 November 2018

The Telegraph and The Times report that Klopp may leave the Swiss forward in Liverpool for the Tuesday evening encounter, and is said to be leaning towards doing so.

Meanwhile winger Xherdan Shaqiri will not travel will the squad for fear that his inclusion may provoke the Belgrade supporters.

The Switzerland midfielder, who is of Kosovar Albanian descent, made a gesture symbolising the double-headed eagle of Albania after scoring a late victor against Serbia.

The 27-year-old is an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, where a Serb crackdown on the Albanian population ended with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military intervention in 1999.

"He's a wonderful player but in the past nine of his appearances for Liverpool he has scored once - against Red Star Belgrade - and not managed a single assist. We have no political message, absolutely not", Mr Klopp said. So for that reason, Shaq is not involved and he accepts and understands this.

Liverpool FC signed Shaqiri, Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Naby Keita in the 2018 summer transfer window as Klopp added depth and quality to his Reds squad ahead of a potential title challenge.

"We are in Serbia and we respect that with 100 per cent, and I know it's not sad, that's the world, that's how it is". Politics always has always influence on life, on the life I live at least, and that's how it is.

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But we are not here for that, we are here for playing football.

"I realise tonight, I expected it differently, but mostly the English-speaking journalists were asking about it to be honest".

"So Liverpool omit Shaqiri from the trip to Belgrade tomorrow", he tweeted. "It could have been a story, but we didn't want to have a story besides a football story and that's why we decided what we decided".

This will be Liverpool's first away game against Red Star Belgrade in European competition since October 1973, when they lost 2-1 in the first leg of a last-16 tie in the European Cup.

"This is why I believe City will be champions once again, as they are a winning machine that have plenty of margin for error in most games they play".

"The only thing I can make sure is that the boys do the job on the pitch".

"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".

Liverpool’s Clyne to miss Red Star clash through illness