Degenek's Red Star Belgrade shock Liverpool to blow Group C wide open

Reports: Klopp Considering Dropping Shaqiri From Belgrade Visit

Xherdan Shaqiri has been left out of Liverpool's squad for their Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade in Serbia "to avoid any distractions".

"I didn't want to have the discussion we are having now before the game".

So they could score that one and, out of the blue more or less, they scored the second one.

But roared on by a vociferous home support, the Serbian champions were inspired to condemn Liverpool to a second defeat in the group after also losing at Napoli last month.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner told United Kingdom broadcaster BT Sport that Liverpool had problems "all over the field" in the first half and never properly recovered. "We need to be concentrated all the time, because every pause and the smallest little thing is immediately punished".

Salah and Van Dijk then wasted late chances, as Red Star dug deep to open the door to Napoli or PSG in the hunt for first place. They last played in the European Cup in 1991 as holders, when beating the likes of Liverpool would not have been regarded as such a surprise.

Pavkov rose highest in a crowded penalty area to power home Marko Marin's corner to spark wild scenes of celebration.

For that reason Klopp said a pragmatic decision was taken to leave the player at home to allow the focus to remain on football.

Jurgen Klopp's side suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat in Serbia to basement side Red Star Belgrade.

Kosovo is a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008.

The visitors got off to a superb start as they raced into a three-goal inside 25 minutes, with Hans Vanaken netting a brace while Wesley netted the third.

Last season Liverpool defied expectation by getting to the final of the Champions League, only to lose following Loris Karius' infamous display and Gareth Bale's incredible first goal. Shaq is our player, we love him, and he will play for us a lot of times, but not on Tuesday.

Left-back Andy Robertson, playing nearly as an out-and-out winger after the break, saw a cross deflected on to the top of the crossbar, while Salah finally forced a save out of Milan Borjan, hitting a post with his next effort.

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