The German coach has denied omitting Shaqiri from Liverpool's Champions League trip to Red Star Belgrade over security concerns and insisted it made sense "to cool the situation down' at the hostile Rajko Mitic Stadium".
In 1999, Serbia allowed for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation intervention to crack down on the Albanian population within the country, leading to unrest that still exists today due to Kosovo not being recognised as an independent state.
"We are here to play football and we want to focus on that", said Klopp. That's why we're here, to play football.
Keita has travelled to Belgrade and while he is expected to start from the bench, a short cameo at the end of the game is also likely and will provide him with some match fitness as well as a way to get his confidence back up.
Federation Internationale de Football Association fined Shaqiri 10,000 Swiss francs ($9,951.24) for the gesture, along with team mate Granit Xhaka, another ethnic Albanian of Kosovar heritage, who scored Switzerland's equaliser in the same game and celebrated with a similar signal. He denied the celebration had political overtones.
The Swiss national footballer transferred to Liverpool from Stoke City in the pre-season transfer window and has impressed club manager Jurgen Klopp, bagging a goal and two assists from seven appearances so far this season. "We want the focus to be on a great game of football, free from anything else".
"We are keen to be respectful and keen to avoid any distractions".
Shaqiri, an ethnic Albanian of Kosovar heritage, would have faced the prospect of a hostile reception from Red Star fans for the way he celebrated a goal at this year's World Cup in Russian Federation.
There is a lot at stake for Red Star Belgrade heading into Tuesday night's game, as they will be eliminated from Europe's elite club competition if they lose to Liverpool FC and Napoli win at home against Paris Saint-Germain.