James Milner rues missed chances after loss to Red Star

Sherman Parsons
November 7, 2018

Liverpool slumped to a damaging 2-0 defeat in Serbia where two Milan Pavkov goals brought Red Star a first win in European football's elite competition since 1992.

Liverpool still lead Group C but could fall behind Napoli or Paris Saint-Germain, who meet in Italy later on Tuesday, and face both sides in their final two group games.

The Liverpool manager had carefully considered a question regarding Xherdan Shaqiri's absence for the Champions League game with Red Star Belgrade, expressing a desire to "cool the situation down", when he suddenly turned to the translator sitting next to him and sought reassurance that every word had been correctly relayed.

'If we do, it will be hard as the next game is an away game.

"We are Liverpool FC, a big club, a football team but we don't have any message further than that".

If Liverpool draw with PSG and Napoli draw with Red Star, then Liverpool will need to beat Napoli in order to go through, or draw with them and hope that Red Star get a result against PSG. "In the game [we lost our mojo], but not in general", he added.

The Reds now occupy top spot in their Champions League group and will want to replicate their 4-0 result in the last meeting between the two sides.

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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.

Red Star had failed to get a single shot on target at Anfield as they wilted under the Merseyside lights, but tonight they produced a stunning performance that saw Pavkov propel his name on to the world stage.

The turning point came as early as the 17th minute when Daniel Sturridge, preferred up front to Roberto Firmino, blazed a chance he should have buried from close range.

And the German knows the game won't be easy, saying: "It will be really tough and we have to be ready for that". Things just weren't really falling for Liverpool, they weren't creating the clear-cut chances that you normally expect from a Jurgen Klopp side.

Red Star comes into the match following three straight victories in the Serbian SuperLiga, with the most recent victory coming on the road on Saturday at Proleter Novi Sad by a 2-0 scoreline.

They also say Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho isn't bothered if his team concede goals as long as they win.

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