Xherdan Shaqiri was left home for Liverpoo ls Champions League trip to Serbia to face Red Star Belgrade.
The 27-year-old, of Kosovo-Albanian descent, upset Serbian fans with his “Albanian eagle” celebration and boots with the Kosovo flag at the World Cup and made a decision to leave him behind in an attempt to reduce local hostilities ,
Shaqiri, born in the former Yugoslav city of Gjilan, which is now part of Kosovo, still recognizes a state of Serbia, despite its declaration of independence in 2008.
That’s why Klopp said a pragmatic decision was made to leave the players at home allowing the focus to continue on the football.
“I have to constantly make decisions that I never expected before. I was confronted with that and that’s the decision. That’s all, “he said.
“Absolutely no knowledge of security concerns or whatever. The only thing I can say is that it was common sense. It was common sense to only make the decision not to force anything.
“We want to come here to play football. If he came, now here and then all the questions about him. That makes no sense.
“We have to focus on football. We have to focus on football. That’s what we want to do, and that’s why I made that decision. ”
Defender Dejan Lovren (muscle) and Naby Keita (thigh) back into the squad, but fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson stayed on Merseyside for extra workouts as he finalized his recovery from a hamstring problem.