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Shaqiri was brilliant against Red Star.

Liverpool fans noticed what happened when Xherdan Shaqiri touched the ball vs Red Star

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It was as comfortable as it gets in the Champions League for Liverpool on Wednesday night.

Jurgen Klopp’s side comfortably beat Red Star Belgrade 4-0 to go top of Group C.

It was made even more comfortable due to the fact the Serbian side weren’t allowed any fans into Anfield.

Red Star were banned from selling tickets to their fans for the first two away games of this season’s Champions League after fans caused disturbances, invaded the pitch and set off fireworks during their qualifier against RB Salzburg in August.

But the 53,024 in attendance on Wednesday weren’t quite all Liverpool fans.

Many Red Star fans made their way to Liverpool and a small section managed to get themselves inside Anfield.

Liverpool fans had earlier claimed that they had been offered large amounts of money for their tickets - with one supporter claiming a man had approached him with €20,000 and was trying to buy as many tickets as possible.

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The handful of away fans that managed to grab tickets certainly didn’t cause any problems - but they did make themselves heard.

Most notably, whenever Xherdan Shaqiri touched the ball.

But why Shaqiri?

Well, it’s believed it relates to the gesture Shaqiri made at the World Cup when he scored for Switzerland against Serbia.

Shaqiri made a two-headed eagle gesture which replicated the Albanian flag, in reference to his Kosovo-Albanian roots.

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And that angered Serbs due to the tensions between Kosovo's Albanian and Serb communities culminated in the Kosovo war of 1998-99.

Unfortunately for those Red Star fans, Shaqiri produced a brilliant performance during the 4-0 win before being replaced after 68 minutes.

Liverpool will travel to Serbia for the return fixture against Red Star in two weeks’ time and Klopp has admitted he hasn’t thought whether or not he’ll include Shaqiri in the squad.

“So far, I didn’t think about it, to be honest. It makes sense that I first think before I speak,” said Klopp.

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UEFA Champions League
Football
Switzerland Football
Serbia Football
Red Star Belgrade
Xherdan Shaqiri
Jurgen Klopp
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