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Shock Defeat Has Liverpool Fans Ridiculing Klopp's Omission Of Xherdan Shaqiri

Shock Defeat Has Liverpool Fans Ridiculing Klopp's Omission Of Xherdan Shaqiri

In an attempts to "avoid any distractions" Xherdan Shaqiri's presence in Belgrade may inspire, Jurgen Klopp opted to leave the Swiss international out of his Liverpool squad for this week's Champions League tie against Red Star.

An understandable decision given the hostile reception that would have awaited a player unafraid of celebrating his Kosovar heritage, Klopp's determined effort to be "focused 100% on football" came undone as Liverpool suffered a surprising defeat in the Serbian capital tonight.

After playing a pivotal role Liverpool's 4-0 defeat of Red Star in Anfield, Shaqiri had deemed himself up to the challenge of playing in the fiery atmosphere of Belgrade.

Although too quick a conclusion may be drawn between Liverpool's relative impotence in front of goal, and the impetus Shaqiri could have given to their lagging efforts, many Liverpool fans believe Klopp was incorrect to leave the former Stoke City man out.

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A decision that had dimensions to it far beyond the footballing sphere, Shpend Ahmeti, a Kosovar politician, argued on more ideological grounds for Shaqiri's inclusion in tonight's game.

Writing on his Twitter account, Ahmeti argued; "Shaqiri should have been in Belgrade tonight and we should never treat fascism with fear and respect!"

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