Liverpool's group blown wide open after Red Star defeat

Grant SmithNov 08, 2018

'I think the chances aren't going in for us, we had a number of times in front of goal, times where the goalkeeper saved and times where we weren't on target.

Marko Marin delivered from the right-hand side, and Pavkov - who had never before scored in the Champions League - rose unmarked to nod into the bottom corner on 22 minutes.

Milan Pavkov scored in the 22nd and 29th minutes as the Serbian champions earned a first win in their debut appearance in the Champions League group stage. He knows you can't win on hugs alone, and will be doing everything possible to try to lift this Liverpool side back up to the levels we all know they can play at.

The Reds certainly had their chances in Belgrade, but they hit the frame of the goal twice and came up against a Milan Borjan in good form between the posts.

Red Star made it 2-0 just seven minutes later when Pavkov fired home from 25 yards out. We had the first big chance - Daniel [Sturridge] with a very big one.

We tried to change for the second half.

Klopp needs to find a way to utilise his new resources and rediscover Liverpool's mojo quickly to avoid an embarrassing early European exit.

Liverpool ideally need to get a result with a tricky tie away in the French capital to come next before a potential qualification decider at home against Napoli at the end of the group.

The Reds are now third, level on points with second placed Chelsea and just two points behind leaders Manchester City, with all three sides still unbeaten. PSG have five, and Red Star four following their first victory of the pool. "Shaq is our player, we love him, and he will play for us a lot of times, but not on Tuesday". The visitors give possession away cheaply once more and they are in deep trouble now.

"You could see that a few things were not going too well", Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told BT Sport.

'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. They deserved it for the passion they showed.

The result left Liverpool on six points from four games and facing a tricky path to the knockout stages after the setback in the cauldron of Red Star's Rajko Mitic stadium.

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