Serbian club Red Star Belgrade have sent out a strong warning to Liverpool new boy Xherdan Shaqiri this week.
Liverpool will visit the Serbian capital for their Champions League group match on November 6th where a hostile crowd will welcome them, but for one man in particular the reception could be volatile.
Shaqiri was wrapped up in controversy and faced backlash during the World Cup this summer for his Albanian Eagle celebration towards Serbian fans. Being of Albanian origins, Shaqiri’s political beliefs favour the side supporting the independence of Kosovo which is a strongly debated decision by many on the opposition side in Serbia.
As a result, Shaqiri came under much fire and will inevitably be a target for fans of Red Star Belgrade. The director of the club had this to say about the matter:
I think that Shaqiri will be under unbelievable psychological pressure because he will know where he is coming, he knows that the Red Star is a symbol of Serbia and playing the Marakana, I don’t know whether he will play.
Should Liverpool pull Shaqiri out for the visit to avoid backlash or continue as normal?