Klopp told why he didn’t include Shakiri in the application for the match with “Red Star”
Liverpool head coach Jürgen Klopp spoke about the reasons for the decision not to include a midfielder Sherdana Shakiri in the application for the guest match with "Red Star" in the fourth round of the Champions League group stage.
“We are going to the stunning city of Belgrade as a football team and are going to play football. We have heard and read a lot of reasoning about what reception Shakiri could get in Serbia, and although we have no idea what would happen, we want to go there and focus one hundred percent on football without thinking about anything else.
We are Liverpool, a big club, a football team, we have no other message. No political ideas, absolutely. We must show respect and avoid any factors that can bring down our concentration during the match. Therefore Shakiri was not included in the application, and he treated this decision with understanding and accepted it. He is our player, we love him, and he will still play for Liverpool many times, but not on Tuesday, ”the press service of Liverpool quotes Klopp.
The match “Red Star” – “Liverpool” will be held tomorrow, November 6, at the Raiko Mitic stadium in Belgrade, the beginning is at 20:55 Moscow time.
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