Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
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Liverpool leave Shaqiri out due to political reasons

Liverpool leave Shaqiri out due to political reasons

When Shaqiri made a point of celebrating his heritage - he wore the Kosova flag on his boot when playing for Switzerland - he was accused of provocation.

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. We have no political message, absolutely not, " Klopp said. We want the focus to be on a great game of football, free from anything else.

Jürgen Klopp said he had taken the decision "to avoid any distractions".

"So for that reason, he is not involved and he accepts and understands this".

'He's our player and he will play a lot of games for us, but not tomorrow'. I think that deserves respect.

"We have to cool the situation down because [we] can not clarify that situation tonight - and it's not our job".

"We are keen to be respectful and keen to avoid any distractions". 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, ' Klopp continued. We will try to make the best of the game, ' Milojevic told a press conference. We didn't want a story beside a football story and that's why we decided'.

Mr Klopp added that Shaqiri had accepted the decision.

Why is the Shaqiri situation politically charged?

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

'We know that we did not have the support of our fans for the previous two matches.

'We need to be concentrated all the time, because every pause and the smallest little thing is immediately punished'. "Once the whistle goes, we'll be focussed on the game and not the stuff around about it".

Jürgen Klopp is encouraged by Naby Keita's form with Liverpool so far as the midfielder prepares to return from a hamstring injury.

Keita hasn't featured in any of Liverpool's last five matches in all competitions since suffering a hamstring injury while away with the Guinea squad during the October global break but the midfielder is now back in contention.

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.

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