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Liverpool’s Champions League fate in the balance after Red Star Belgrade defeat



Milan Pavkov scored twice as Red Star scored a famous win over Liverpool (Picture: EPA)
Liverpool’s Champions League fate is in the balance after a shock defeat at the hands of Red Star Belgrade.
Jurgen Klopp’s side swept the same opposition aside with the minimum of fuss a fortnight ago at Anfield, but it was a different story at the atmospheric Rajko Mitic Stadium.
Klopp was, perhaps, at fault for setting the tone for a subdued performance by dropping Roberto Firmino to the bench and starting with Daniel Sturridge instead.
The England international missed a glorious early opportunity to open the scoring, firing over from point-blank range as Liverpool struggled to find the cohesiveness and potency that have been hallmarks of their early season form. More: LifestyleWhy parents are challenging kids to find the pickle in the Christmas treeGroup of 15 children and six adults found in back of lorry entering UKDrill rapper JaySav named as fifth London stab murder victim in six days
Red Star, in dreadful form domestically, grew in confidence and took a deserved lead midway through the first half when Milan Pavkov headed home unmarked following former Chelsea winger Marko Marin’s expertly flighted corner.
If the first goal was ugly from a defensive point, the second was utterly lamentable. Georginio Wijnaldum conceded possession in midfield but there appeared to be little danger as Pavkov lumbered towards goal.
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source: metro-liverpool
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