Xherdan Shaqiri insists he can handle reception with Liverpool in Serbia

• The Switzerland international was fined for his celebration
• Shaqiri will visit Serbia for the Red Star Belgrade match

Xherdan Shaqiri maintains he can handle the hostile reception that awaits him in Belgrade next month when he visits Serbia for the first time since his controversial World Cup celebration.

The Switzerland international was fined 10,000 Swiss francs by Fifa for “unsporting behaviour” after scoring a 90th-minute winner against Serbia in June. Shaqiri and the Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka celebrated by putting their hands together to form a double-headed eagle, as represented on the flag of Albania, who fought against Serbia in the Kosovo War. Shaqiri was born in the Kosovan city of Gjilan and sported the flag of Kosovo on his boots in the Group E match, prompting a complaint from the Football Association of Serbia.

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