Liverpool receive timely boost ahead of Red Star Belgrade encounter

Marcus Newton
November 7, 2018

Liverpool face the threat of crashing out at the Champions League group stages after a shock 2-0 defeat to Red Star Belgrade in the Serbian capital on Tuesday (Nov 6).

Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a 2-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

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Liverpool thumped Red Star 4-0 on October 24 at Anfield in their last Champions League game on goals from forwards Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

"That's what we have to be again tomorrow and then let's do what we are best in - playing football - and try to win the game".

Two first half goals from a €300,000 signing Milan Pavkov, the 24-year-old scoring his first European goals in only his 11th appearance, were enough to beat the off-colour Reds.

But ex-Manchester United midfielder Hargreaves does not think Liverpool fans should be concerned by their recent run of results - insisting that they just were lacking sharpness against Red Star.

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"It's a situation where we will go to the fantastic city of Belgrade as a football team to play football", Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

The Reds had their chances in Belgrade - most notably through Daniel Sturridge in the first half - and they hit the frame of the goal twice.

The visitors almost got lucky 10 minutes after half-time when Andrew Robertson's deflected cross bounced back off the top of the crossbar. One thing that's for certain is that the Serbian Champions have an impressive home record and have not lost in their last 33 games in all competitions. They gave everything. For us it was not clicking, it was not easy.

After beating the same team 4-0 at Anfield in the last round of matches, taking another three points would have put the Reds in a commanding position in the group. "The crowd is big for them and it's been a long time since they've been in the Champions League".

Liverpool are still second in the group, but with two defeats on the bounce their path to the knockout round has become more complicated.

"We knew [about the atmosphere]", he said. Red Star drew 0-0 with Napoli in its previous home game.

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