Liverpool vs Red Star Belgrade: Surprise squad omission on the cards

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Liverpool have left Swiss global Xherdan Shaqiri out of the squad for Tuesday's Champions League tie at Red Star Belgrade, saying they were uncertain over what sort of reception he would receive in the Serbian capital.

Liverpool thrashed Red Star Belgrade 4-0 last month and top Group C by a point heading into the clash.

But Red Star were worthy of the victory - the first they have claimed in the Champions League for 26 years - in front of a noisy and passionate home crowd in the Rajko Mitic Stadium.

"We have to do better because we can do better, but tonight it is too late", said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

The visitors were punished with exacting precision on the half-hour as James Milner gave away possession with a loose pass infield and the ball was quickly transferred to Pavkov, who smashed home his second from 25 yards.

Last season Liverpool defied expectation by getting to the final of the Champions League, only to lose following Loris Karius' infamous display and Gareth Bale's incredible first goal.

Milan Pavkov scored a first half brace for Red Star Belgrade.

It was Liverpool's third successive Champions League away defeat - the club's worst run in 39 years - and Klopp's side will travel to Paris Saint-Germain later this month before hosting Napoli at Anfield on December 11 in the final round of group matches.

And the German knows the game won't be easy, saying: "It will be really tough and we have to be ready for that".

Klopp reacted with a double change at the break; Joe Gomez replacing Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino on for Daniel Sturridge. They were aggressive in the last game as well only then we did better.

Red Star are expected to be without Vujadin Savic due to injury but Marko Marin is set to return to the squad.

A deflected Andy Robertson cross struck the Red Star crossbar in the second period while Mohamed Salah struck the post with a shot from the edge of the box.

"He is our player, we love him, and he will play for us a lot of times, but not on Tuesday".

That fee of £75m for Van Dijk is put into perspective by the fact that it is more than four times the amount Red Star Belgrade have spent in their entire history.

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