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As Group C leaders, with Napoli and Paris St Germain playing each other, Liverpool could take a big step towards qualification with a win against Red Star, whom they took apart 4-0 at Anfield.
Red Star have conceded just five goals in their last 14 home games in European competition, keeping nine clean sheets in this run.
Sitting in third place with 27 points after 11 games, Liverpool are enjoying their best start to a domestic season since the commercial rebranding of England's top division.
Shaqiri plays for Switzerland's national team but has roots in Kosovo, a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008.
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.
At the World Cup in Russian Federation, both Shaqiri and Switzerland team-mate Granit Xhaka celebrated goals against Serbia by using their hands to make a nationalist eagle symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage.
Shaqiri is left behind in order to "avoid any distractions" that may be caused by his Albanian heritage.
Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a 2-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Serbia does not recognize Kosovo as an independent country.
Home fans inside Rajko Mitić Stadium, also known locally as "Marakana", in the Serbian capital, let their feelings known to the 5-time champions of Europe with the carefully-planned and expletive-laden chant.
Klopp was, perhaps, at fault for setting the tone for a subdued performance by dropping Roberto Firmino to the bench and starting with Daniel Sturridge instead.
Adam Lallana nearly got Liverpool back in the game moments later but his header was deflected just wide, and Sturridge then fired wide from just inside the box.
Liverpool tried to force their way back into the game and came close through Robertson and Salah.
Salah had the last effort deep into stoppage time, shooting straight at goalkeeper Milan Borjan.
But the Serbian champions defended stoically and saw out their historic win in relative comfort.
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