What They're Saying: Jurgen Klopp

"We have heard and read the speculation and talk about what kind of reception Shaq would receive and although we have no idea what would happen, we want to go there and be focused 100 percent on football and not have to think about anything else. We are keen to be respectful and keen to avoid any distractions. So, for that reason, Shaq is not involved and he accepts and understands this."

-- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on the decision not to include Xherdan Shaqiri in the Reds' team to face Serbia's Red Star in Belgrade in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. The Swiss midfielder is an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, where a Serbian crackdown on the Albanian population was only ended by a NATO military intervention in 1999. FIFA fined Shaqiri after he celebrated his goal for Switzerland against Serbia at the 2018 World Cup by making a double-headed eagle gesture symbolizing the Albanian flag. (BBC Sport)
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