Liverpool lose their mojo

Liverpool lose their mojo

Liverpool lose their mojo

Two first-half goals from Milan Pavkov saw Liverpool lose 2-0 at Red Star Belgrade. They were aggressive, very aggressive, in all parts - but they were aggressive in the last game as well, we only did better.

"We lost our mojo in the game, not in general". In this case goal difference will come into play between Liverpool and Red Star Belgrade.

The pool is now wide open and with a hard trip to PSG followed by the visit of Napoli, the Reds need to up their level quickly if they are to navigate a path into the knockout stage.

The 24-year-old forward was thrilled with the success, which has suddenly boosted Red Star's chances in Group C, and said it would be tough to put behind him quickly. The atmosphere singing-wise, noise-wise, was not a problem but the atmosphere after the second goal especially - in the whole club - they could smell it. They gave everything. For us, it was not clicking, it was not easy.

Jurgen Klopp's side came away from the Emirates Stadium satisfied enough with their 1-1 draw against Arsenal last weekend.

That missed proved very costly as four minutes later Liverpool trailed. And from the resulting corner, the home side were in front.

It was no more than Red Star deserved after the opening 20 minutes, with centre-back Vujadin Savic firing over early on before El Fardou Ben Nabouhane forced Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker to palm his low drive from 25 metres around the post.

Jurgen Klopp finally attempted to rectify his mistakes at half-time, bringing on Firmino and Gomez for Sturridge and Arnold respectively, and although there was a slight improvement in their display, the damage had already been done.

Sadio Mane had a great chance to give the visitors a lifeline, but failed to force the ball across the line from point-blank range.

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

The English club has now lost both of its away games in the group stage, having been beaten 1-0 at Napoli last month, and its fearsome attacking unit again lacked a cutting edge in Belgrade against an opponent Liverpool thrashed 4-0 two weeks ago at Anfield.

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