Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Milan Pavkov scores twice as Red Star Belgrade stun Liverpool

Milan Pavkov scores twice as Red Star Belgrade stun Liverpool

Adam Lallana admits Liverpool's players must take the blame for their Champions League woes after their shock defeat by Red Star Belgrade.

Klopp opted to rest Roberto Firmino and give Sturridge a rare start, but he endured a hard game.

Earlier in the match Daniel Sturridge had a chance to put the Reds 1-0 up, when the scores were level, but blasted half volley over the bar.

Red Star remain bottom of the group but are now on four points. They arrived in Belgrade in first place in the group but has ceded the initiative and will be overtaken by either Napoli or Paris Saint-Germain, who meet in Naples later Tuesday. "They deserved it with the passion they showed".

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.

Liverpool have three victories in their last nine matches in all competitions - Red Star and Cardiff at home and Huddersfield away - and while not playing well was acceptable when they were winning, it takes on a different complexion after results like that in Belgrade. Their passing was sloppy, their midfield was ill-disciplined and they seemed to lack any sort of clear game plan.

"We had chances but we weren't ruthless enough, weren't patient enough".

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The visitors are now 16 place in the Premier League and two points clear of the relegation zone. The important thing is to find the right balance. "I need to work a lot to be like them".


Things turned from bad to worse for the Reds when Pavkov doubled Red Star's lead with a stunning long range strike in the 29th minute. The scoring boots were off for Liverpool in a game the team expected to win.

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.

The side was hamstrung by the inability of that threesome to win the ball - they also conspired to lose it on a number of occasions, notably Milner for the second Red Star goal. Before that, Liverpool had scored in 14 straight games.

"Of course, we have to", he said.

"We have to make sure you can not ask that question again". The Reds remain with their Champions League fate in their own hands, now in second place.

Robertson accepts they have not been at their best over the last three months and that the high standard they set in the previous campaign is now what they will be judged on.

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