Sorry Liverpool slump to defeat at Red Star

Shaqiri I'm a Champions League winner I deserve respect at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has deliberately excluded Switzerland worldwide, 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.

"We had the first big chance with Daniel [Sturridge], a very big one".

Liverpool still lead Group C but could fall behind Napoli or Paris Saint-Germain, who meet in Italy later on Tuesday, and face both sides in their final two group games.

A Milan Pavkov double put the hosts in dreamland in the first half and they saw off pressure from Liverpool after half time to complete an historic win.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner told United Kingdom broadcaster BT Sport that Liverpool had problems "all over the field" in the first half and never properly recovered.

"We made it too easy for them".

"They're struggling away from home and PSG are playing really well at home", McManaman said of Liverpool.

Pavkov rose highest in a crowded penalty area to power home Marko Marin's corner to spark wild scenes of celebration.

Liverpool suffered defeat at Red Star Belgrade, while Thierry Henry's AS Monaco were on the end of thumping by Club Brugge.

But this home fixture for the 1991 European Cup champions sees Jurgen Klopp faced with making a decision on a potential flash-point in Xherdan Shaqiri.

Shaqiri was born to Kosovan-Albanian parents in the former Yugoslavia.

'We need to win our games, it's on our shoulders, we have some good sides to play and it's in our hands but we will have to play better than we did tonight. A deflected cross from Liverpool left back Andrew Robertson also bounced onto the crossbar after the break.

"These games are always tough to start off with and Red Star Belgrade will give Liverpool plenty to deal with in the opening stages but once they get over that then they've got the skill to get a couple of goals".

This fan reckons no manager serious about winning trophies would have Lallana and Matip in the squad, never mind start them in a Champions League match.

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