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Reports: Klopp Considering Dropping Shaqiri From Belgrade Visit

Xherdan Shaqiri left out of Liverpool squad travelling to Serbia to "avoid any distractions"

Xherdan Shaqiri has proved an extremely worthwhile signing for Liverpool since he came from Stoke this summer, but it has been announced that he will not travel to Serbia for their Champions League against Red Star Belgrade.

Liverpool will embark on a trip to Belgrade, as they gear up to take on Serbian outfit Crvena Zvezda in their Group C encounter of the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League at the Rajko Mitic Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Reds now occupy top spot in their Champions League group and will want to replicate their 4-0 result in the last meeting between the two sides.

He's proven this season that he can change games when given the chance, and a fixture against the weakest team in the group would give Klopp the chance to rest and rotate before the next round of Premier League fixtures.

"It's not what we wanted", Klopp told BT Sport.

The Reds have scored 48 goals in the Champions League (from the group stage onwards) since the start of 2017-18. Joel Matip gets the nod in central defence and Adam Lallana also starts.

Liverpool still have Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain to play and must now do it the hard way to finish in the top two.

'Napoli found it tough when they came here and we knew it was going to be a tough place to come.

Klopp responded at half-time by introducing Roberto Firmino and Joe Gomez, although Liverpool still failed to break through a resolute opponent.

Milan Pavkov scored a first half brace for Red Star Belgrade.

The Reds certainly had more of the ball thereafter, but that was as much due to Red Star being willing to defend their lead as anything else.

Left-back Andy Robertson, playing nearly as an out-and-out winger after the break, saw a cross deflected on to the top of the crossbar, while Salah finally forced a save out of Milan Borjan, hitting a post with his next effort. Shaq is our player, we love him, and he will play for us a lot of times, but not on Tuesday. "I don't think about the other game but it is obvious they play against each other so they both can't get three points", he said.

Red Star had conceded 10 goals in being thrashed by PSG and Liverpool in their last two European encounters.

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