Forward Xherdan Shaqiri has been left at home for Liverpool’s Champions League trip to Serbia to face Red Star Belgrade.
The 27-year-old, of Kosovar-Albanian descent, angered Serbian fans with his ‘Albanian Eagle’ celebration and boots featuring the Kosovo flag at the World Cup and a decision has been taken to leave him behind in an attempt to reduce local hostilities.
His place has been taken by Adam Lallana who has a rare start. The ex-England man has shown up well in the opening stages.
Defender Dejan Lovren (muscle) and Naby Keita (hamstring) return to the squad but fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson has remained on Merseyside for extra training sessions as he finalises his recovery from a hamstring problem.
The match will be shown live on BT Sport 3.
Red Star XI: Borjan, Stojkovic, Savic, Degenek, Rodic, Jovancic, Krsticic, Srnic, Marin, Ben, Pavkov.
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Lallana, Mane, Salah, Sturridge.
40 minsminute by minute
Mane cuts inside from out wide and chips a cross into the heart of the penalty area. Lallana tries to latch on to the ball, but it’s sent too near to Borjan and the goalkeeper is easily able to cut out the danger.
38 minsminute by minute
Red Star push forward once again, and this time it’s Milner who commits a foul and presents the home side with another free kick. It’s quickly sent down the right wing and towards Stojkovic, whose curling cross is just about dealt with by Van Dijk at the near post.
35 minsminute by minute
Sturridge heads towards the edge of the Red Star penalty area as Liverpool push forward once again. He gets himself into a good position and shoots, but his effort is poorly executed and fails to test Borjan. Alexander-Arnold was in acres of space to the striker’s right and really should have been fed.
36 minsminute by minute
The visitors lose possession and allow Red Star to quickly counter-attack. The move is immediately brought to an end, though, as Lallana receives a yellow card for a wild sliding challenge on Marin.
34 minsminute by minute
According to Opta, Pavkov is the first Serbian player to net a brace in the Champions League since Aleksandar Prijovic in November 2016. Before today, not only had he not scored a goal in the competition, he hadn’t even started a group stage game.
33 minsminute by minute
Lallana goes close! Another Liverpool corner fails to find anyone in front of goal before a cross is quickly whipped back into the box. Lallana then unleashes a diving header, but it’s deflected just a yard or so wide of the near post.
Reds stunned in Belgrade
That man Pavkov scoring the first…
31 minsminute by minute
Liverpool push forward from the restart and win themselves a corner. It’s fired into the box and out to Salah, who immediately shoots but fires a poor effort high and wide of its intended target.
Overall Possession Ratio
Bad news for sloppy Liverpool..
Here’s them celebrating the first…
28 minsminute by minute
Liverpool have look rattled since Red Star took the lead, and they’re struggling to get into the game. Mane has done well over on the left flank but they’re finding it difficult to get Sturridge and Salah involved in advanced areas.
29 minsminute by minute
GOAL! What a strike by Pavkov! Liverpool clumsily lose possession, allowing the striker to muscle his way forward. He easily shrugs off Wijnaldum on his way forward and then unleashes a brilliant, 25-yard shot that flies past Alisson and into the top corner of the net.
29 minsminute by minute
Once again, Marin played an important role in another impressive attacking move. Liverpool were really poor defensively, though, and it’s left Klopp looking understandably bemused over on the touchline.
26 minsminute by minute
Red Star break forward on another impressive, direct attacking move, and it results in yet another corner after Matip is forced to head the ball behind. Marin’s cross is too deep this time, though, and it fails to find anyone inside the penalty area.
24 minsminute by minute
Liverpool quickly push forward from the restart and try to carve out an immediate chance on goal, but Salah takes slightly too long to get a shot away from the edge of the box and his eventual effort is easily blocked.
21 minsminute by minute
Thumping strike by Ben Nabouhane! Van Dijk isn’t able to clear the danger with a poor header and sends it straight to Ben Nabouhane, who then unleashes a rocket of a half-volley that Alisson does really well to tip behind for a corner.
22 minsminute by minute
GOAL! Red Star have taken the lead! A wonderful corner is fired in by Marin and perfectly picks out Pavkov, who rises high above his marker and easily beats Alisson with a bullet header to make it 1-0.
22 minsminute by minute
Marin has impressed with his crossing so far and did a great job to put the ball on a plate for Pavkov. Liverpool will be disappointed with their defending, though, as they really should have closed down the striker much better.
20 minsminute by minute
The corner is whipped into the penalty area by Salah but fails to find a team-mate in front of goal. Milner then latches on to the ball out wide, but he commits a foul in the process and Liverpool are unable to carve out a chance.
19 minsminute by minute
Mane has certainly been Liverpool’s most dangerous player so far. He makes another clever run down the wing before setting up Sturridge, who spins and unleashes a shot that deflects behind for a corner.
17 minsminute by minute
What a miss by Sturridge! Lallana and Mane link up well over on the left flank before the latter pokes a cross into the middle of the box. Robertson then helps the ball over to Sturridge, who only has Borjan to beat but somehow sends his close-range shot over the top of the crossbar.
15 minsminute by minute
Chance for Savic! Another Red Star corner causes problems for Liverpool and manages to fall to Savic. The captain spins quickly and shoots, but he puts slightly too much power behind his strike and fires it a few yards wide of the far post.
14 minsminute by minute
It’s been a positive start to the game from Red Star, who certainly aren’t afraid of piling bodies forward. They embark on another good attacking move before winning themselves a corner, but once again Liverpool are able to clear the danger.
First match action from Rajko Mitić Stadium
Overall Possession Ratio
12 minsminute by minute
Salah does well to keep the ball in play deep down the left wing before firing a looping cross into the box. It brushes the head of Sturridge on its way to Alexander-Arnold, who shoots first time but fails to test Borjan.
10 minsminute by minute
Marin gets himself into a good position over on the left flank, where he cuts into the penalty area and takes on Alexander-Arnold. He manages to carve out a pocket of space for himself and shoots, but his low effort is underhit and rolls safely into the hands of Alisson.
8 minsminute by minute
A lofted pass is fired over the top of the hosts’ back line and towards Mane. The Senegalese bursts into the box and cuts a bouncing pass back to Milner, who shoots first time but sends a wild strike high over the crossbar.
7 minsminute by minute
Lallana commits a foul on the halfway line and Red Star are presented with a free kick. It’s sent short and eventually worked over to Srnic, who tries to get the better of Alexander-Arnold but loses out to the full-back.
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