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Shaqiri insists he can handle trip to Belgrade

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Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri insists he can handle the team’s trip to Belgrade for their UEFA Champions League return clash against Red Star Belgrade.

The Swiss star was fined during the World Cup after he celebrated a goal against Serbia by making an eagle gesture identical to the one on the Albanian flag.

Shaqiri put in an impressive display for the Reds against Red Star on Wednesday, as Jurgen Klopp’s side recorded a comfortable 4-0 victory at Anfield.

However, a far more hostile reception awaits Shaqiri and the Merseyside club in the return leg next month, but the former Stoke City winger insists he is prepared.

“I had this already at the World Cup so I know I can handle this no problem,” Shaqiri said, according to FourFourTwo.

“I just saw a few articles where one player said something. I don’t really care what people are saying.”

“I just go there to play a football game. It is not about politics, it is about football. I worry about nothing and go to play.”

Liverpool host Cardiff at Anfield on Saturday as they look to continue their challenge for the Premier League title this season