Liverpool's hopes hang in balance after shock defeat to Red Star

Liverpool's hopes hang in balance after shock defeat to Red Star

Liverpool's hopes hang in balance after shock defeat to Red Star

Liverpool were dealt a huge blow in their fight for Champions League qualification, Red Star's Pavkov the hero with a double which saw the hosts register their first win in this season's edition.

A deflected Andy Robertson cross struck the Red Star crossbar in the second period while Mohamed Salah struck the post with a shot from the edge of the box.

The visitors began to mount some real pressure on the Red Star goal during the final exchanges, but they were unable to carve out anything of note in front of goal. Klopp claimed Liverpool lost their "mojo" in the intense atmosphere of the Stadion Rajko Mitic, where a changed team featuring Joel Matip, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge - who was withdrawn at half-time - were easily subdued by Group C's bottom-placed side.

Pavkov scored a first-half brace as Red Star stunned Liverpool 2-0 in Belgrade to claim their first win - qualifiers excluded - in Europe's premier club competition since 1992. "Pavkov scored two lovely goals, but all the boys played really well - now if only we could play like this every week", he said.

However, defeat means they can not really afford to lose either of their two final round-robin matches against PSG and Napoli, who are both impressive sides.

In the event that Liverpool win their next two games against PSG and Napoli, they will qualify as winners of group C.

They have now slipped to another reversal in Serbia and suffered three successive away defeats in the Champions League for the first time in their history.

"It was a slow start all round really and we gave them far too many opportunities, especially from set-pieces", he added. I said earlier that I'd like to score against Liverpool and it came true.

On the Red Star game against Liverpool, Nicholas said, "This is a volatile situation so not taking Xherdan Shaqiri they're trying to diffuse the situation". Napoli found it tough when they came here and we knew it was going to be a tough place to come.

"In all areas, we didn't start and when you don't start well in the Champions League you can get punished".

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