Red Star Belgrade vs. Liverpool - Football Match Report

Red Star Belgrade vs. Liverpool - Football Match Report

Red Star Belgrade vs. Liverpool - Football Match Report

The defeat represents a major blow to Jurgen Klopp's side, as most defeats do in fairness, who may now require maximum points from their final two group games to get through to the Champions League knockout stages.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has deliberately excluded Switzerland global, Xherdan Shaqiri, from The Reds' squad to face Serbian side Red Star Belgrade (FK Crvena Zvezda) in their Tuesday's Champions League Group C clash at the Rajko Mitic Stadium in Belgrade, and he explains that the decision was taken to save the club a possible distraction as a result of political tension in the region - the player's land of birth.

"The boys are very disappointed, I'm very disappointed and we have to do better".

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.

They were also thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield in the previous round when the gulf between the sides seemed huge.

"They had too many set pieces that's true and with one of them they scored", added Klopp.

Despite Lovren's return to fitness, there is unlikely to be any change in the defensive personnel for the Reds, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson all expected to continue in front of goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

"The atmosphere, noise-wise, was not a problem for us, but after the second goal they could smell it".

There was to be no way back for Liverpool as the Red Star fans celebrated a famous victory.

It certainly promises to be one to watch as Red Star Belgrade take on Liverpool.

However, Red Star is a different proposition at the home and a record of 33 games undefeated in all competitions is some achievement.

Serbia refuses to recognise the independence of its former province Kosovo, whose 1.8 million people are mostly ethnic Albanians, which broke away 10 years ago. Salah takes aim from 25 yards and sees his deflected effort tipped past the post by Borjan.

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.

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