Match report: Red Star Belgrade 2-0 Liverpool

By Samuel Wigram

A Milan Pavkov double condemned Liverpool to a second successive Champions League away defeat, this time against Red Star Belgrade.

It was the Serbian fans that set the pace of the game as they got behind their team right from the start. Liverpool struggled to quieten the crowd as they lacked in the final third.

However, it was Jurgen Klopp’s side who had the best chance to break the deadlock as Daniel Sturridge blasted his shot over the bar from just six yards out. A chance that the Reds would rue five minutes later.

Pavkov rose highest to head the ball into the net following a corner to give Red Star a well-deserved lead. And seven minutes later Pavkov grabbed his second, holding off Georginio Wijnaldum to cut onto his right and curl a shot away from Alisson twenty-five yards out.

Liverpool then upped the pressure creating chances for Adam Lallana and Mohamed Salah, but nothing to cause the Red Stars defence any worries.

Klopp must have felt a change was needed as Roberto Firmino and Joe Gomez replaced Sturridge and Trent Alexander-Arnold after half-time.

Liverpool improved after half-time, but couldn’t find the back of the net as chances fell to Sadio Mane and Salah, with the latter hitting the post after a corner had been taken.

Virgil Van Dijk had two late chances for Liverpool but both headers were tame and didn’t trouble goal-keeper Milan Borjan.

The final whistle was heard with loud cheers as Red Stars twelfth man saw their side embarrass one of the favourites for the competition.

This result leaves Liverpool hanging onto a knock-out group stage place with Red Star only two points behind in fourth.

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