Liverpool's group blown wide open after Red Star defeat

FK Crvena zvezda Marko Gobelji? during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and FK Crvena zvezda at Anfield

FK Crvena zvezda Marko Gobelji? during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and FK Crvena zvezda at Anfield

Red Star Belgrade produced one of the biggest upsets of this season's Champions League by beating Liverpool 2-0 on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), reviving memories of their time as one of Europe's top football teams.

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. "He needs two proper sessions for his fitness, which he will get at Melwood", Klopp said.

Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren will be the most likely albeit very late cameos coming off the Liverpool bench, barring any ill-timed injury situations.

Liverpool have won just three of their last nine matches, against Red Star, Cardiff and Huddersfield.

The result leaves all very much to play for in terms of qualification from Group C, which also features Napoli and Paris Saint Germain.

"I saw, unfortunately, a few games like this already and it's really hard to find your mojo back", surmised Klopp as Belgrade rocked to Red Star's first win in the competition for 26 years.

Red Star's pass accuracy was just 57 percent, while Liverpool's was 82 percent. Four points from their last two games would be enough to guarantee the Reds' progress to the last 16.

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. "It's not the first time we've lost games and it's about how you react and how you bounce back but we are thoroughly disappointed to come away with nothing".

"It's hypothetical, but if we score with one of them then the game can change". Their passing was sloppy, their midfield was ill-disciplined and they seemed to lack any sort of clear game plan.

The Reds soon took charge, though their luck in front of goal showed no sign of improving, as a deflected Robertson delivery hit the crossbar and Salah's 72nd-minute effort clipped the outside of the upright.

"We played well and managed to shut them out".

A win on Tuesday night coupled with a Napoli win or draw against PSG should set us up nicely for the return fixtures against both sides, where a point might be enough to secure passage to the second round.

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