Liverpool lose their mojo to make Champions League last 16 a struggle

Reports: Klopp Considering Dropping Shaqiri From Belgrade Visit

Steve McManaman fears Liverpool have missed a golden opportunity to stamp their authority on their Champions League group after limping to a shock loss against Red Star Belgrade. "Pavkov scored two lovely goals, but all the boys played really well - now if only we could play like this every week", he said.

The Reds were upset in Serbia on Tuesday, falling to Red Star 2-0 after a first-half double from Milan Pavkov.

Had Liverpool won, they would have moved three points clear at the top of the group and only needed a single point to guarantee their progression to the next round.

"You can't give teams that start", Liverpool midfielder James Milner said.

"We have to make sure in Paris we do better".

After a frustrating opening 15 minutes, Liverpool should have been ahead when Daniel Sturridge found himself free at the back post following a unsafe pass across the box, but the striker could only blaze the ball over the bar from just six yards out.




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. Last season we were scoring a lot of goals and they were going in and now they're not. We represent one of the biggest football clubs in the world.

If Liverpool beat PSG and lose to Napoli and Red Star beat Napoli and PSG then Liverpool could be in a situation where they, Napoli and Red Star are all on nine points.

"We knew [about the atmosphere]", he said. Before that, Liverpool had scored in 14 straight games.

It was Liverpool's third consecutive away defeat in the Champions League - the club's worst run at the highest level of European competition since 1979.

He was fined for making the sign, and booed by the visiting Red Star supporters during the previous game at Anfield two weeks ago.

"I have heard so many wonderful things about the city of Belgrade, and the country of Serbia as a whole, from friends and colleagues who've visited before, so now I'm really looking forward to taking Liverpool there for a great game of Champions League football".

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