Sorry Liverpool slump to defeat at Red Star

Jurgen Klopp chats with Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri as he's substituted

Jurgen Klopp chats with Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri as he's substituted

Last night was depressing. Liverpool fell to a poor 2-0 defeat in the Champions League group stage to Red Star Belgrade.

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.

The early signs suggest Klopp's investment has worked, with Liverpool making an impressive start in the Premier League.

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.

"I honestly hope this guy is released by us in January because he simply doesn't deserve to be here anymore". A win at Paris Saint-Germain this month combined with a positive result for Napoli at home to Red Star would secure a place in the knockout phase for last season's beaten finalists.

"I don't know why Markovic, a former Partizan player is celebrating Red Star Belgrade (Partizans biggest rivals) beating a club he's now at".

Liverpool finishes the group with a trip to PSG and a home game against Napoli.

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

"We were not surprised by Red Star's tactics".

Klopp regularly conducts analysis with his players the day after a game, having reviewed the match himself at least twice but Wednesday's debrief assumed a more critical air given the nature of defeat and the precariousness of Liverpool's position in the group.

Instead, it was Pavkov who impressed in front of goal, leaping highest at a corner to head in a right-wing delivery from Marko Marin and put Red Star ahead.

"The atmosphere noise wise was not a problem for us".

The 24-year-old, whose career has stalled badly following his £20 million move to Anfield from Benfica in 2014, was caught liking a tweet celebrating Red Star's victory over Liverpool.

"We had a chance and they defended on the line after two headers from us".

With Shaqiri not being part of the travelling party, no changes are likely in the attacking trident for the Reds, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, both of whom scored in the last game against Crvena Zvezda, expected to slot in on the flanks, while Roberto Firmino spearheads the attack.

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