Sorry Liverpool slump to defeat at Red Star

Aubrey Yates
November 8, 2018

Liverpool will look to take another step towards qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League when they take on Red Star Belgrade in Serbia this evening [kick-off 5.55pm].

Klopp opted to rest Roberto Firmino and give Sturridge a rare start, but he endured a hard game.

He noted his ties to Partizan Belgrade, arguing that he simply liked the picture of Serbian flags rather than show support for his old side's rivals Red Star.

While Anfield remains a fortress on European nights for the Reds, a worrying trend is emerging for Jurgen Klopp on the road, particularly with a visit to Paris Saint-Germain to come next in three weeks' time.

Milan Pavkov (Red Star Belgrade): Any number of Red Star's defensive shield could lay claim to the award, but it has to go to the man whose two first-half strikes have clinched a famous result.

Liverpool finishes the group with a trip to PSG and a home game against Napoli. It's still in our hands and if we win our next two games we go through, but it was a great opportunity missed for us.

The Reds had chances to get themselves back into the contest but failed to take them. We had moments, we had kind of nearly-chances, the biggest in the last two three minutes and before that not enough.

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Forward Milan Pavkov headed his side into the lead after 21 minutes and fired a powerful effort into the bottom corner to make it 2-0 shortly afterwards.

"It's hypothetical, but if we score with one of them then the game can change".

The visitors were punished with exacting precision on the half-hour as James Milner gave away possession with a loose pass infield and the ball was quickly transferred to Pavkov, who smashed home his second from 25 yards.

"But I will have to sleep in the morning because we have an important game this weekend".

"The atmosphere noise wise was not a problem for us".

Robertson accepts they have not been at their best over the last three months and that the high standard they set in the previous campaign is now what they will be judged on.

But It was Red Star marksmen Pavkov who would catch the eye in the Rajko Mitic Stadium. "It's not the first time we've lost games and it's about how you react and how you bounce back but we are thoroughly disappointed to come away with nothing".

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