Red Star Belgrade secured their first-ever Uefa Champions League group stage win after two goals from towering striker Milan Pavkov helped the Serbian side to a memorable 2-0 home victory over a subdued Liverpool in Group C on Tuesday.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has Alisson in goal, while in defence he opts for a centre-back pairing of Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk. Andy Robertson described Liverpool's overall form as effective but lacking its usual spark, an analysis supported by the team's best start to a Premier League season yet also a run of three wins in nine matches in all competitions.
"I believe we can repeat this against Napoli".
They were also thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield in the previous round when the gulf between the sides seemed huge.
There were plenty of candidates for worst player, but Daniel Sturridge's terrible first half performance was noticeably awful.
Liverpool were overwhelmed in the early stages by a sharp Red Star side, who scored twice in the first half an hour and then held onto their advantage.
In the event that Liverpool draw with PSG next round and Napoli beat Red Star, then Liverpool will need to avoid defeat to Napoli in the final round to guarantee progression as runners up to Napoli, though they will be hoping that PSG drop points against Red Star to go through, which is unlikely. Each goal in a game like this leads the game in a specific direction. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. Unfortunately, they could not get into the game and eventually lost 2-0 which made their Champions League campaign even harder.
"We're still confident we'll get through but we need to go to try and prove that now".
The second half was little better for Liverpool and it took until the 70th minute before they were able to truly test Red Star's keeper, Milan Borjan. Arsenal are 1/3 to win the match and that looks a fair price but an Arsenal win and more than 2.5 goals to be scored must be considered at 5/6.
"We were not surprised by Red Star's tactics". They were, if you want, on their bikes and we had to deal with the situation. "We have to make sure it doesn't happen again". As I said, they deserved it with the passion they fought [with].
That was of little concern to Red Star's players, however, as they joined arms and took the acclaim of their supporters on the full-time whistle.
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