Milan Pavkov scores twice as Red Star Belgrade stun Liverpool

Milan Pavkov scores twice as Red Star Belgrade stun Liverpool

Liverpool will embark on a trip to Belgrade, as they gear up to take on Serbian outfit Crvena Zvezda in their Group C encounter of the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League at the Rajko Mitic Stadium on Tuesday night.

Daniel Sturridge started for Liverpool in Serbia, but was replaced at half-time (Marko Drobnjakovic/AP).

As a result Firmino believes the Merseysiders are well placed to push City all the way as they seek a first league title since 1990.

Jurgen Klopp's side now sit top of Group C on six points after thrashing Red Star Belgrade 4-0 in the reverse fixture at Anfield last month but the Reds boss knows it will be a much tougher task this evening in front of the hostile Marakana crowd. They have already shredded PSG this season and although they have not hit top gear in Europe this season, they are still unbeaten in the Premier League showing they have the ability to battle it out at the top. He knows you can't win on hugs alone, and will be doing everything possible to try to lift this Liverpool side back up to the levels we all know they can play at.

Monaco, a semifinalist in 2017, slumped to a 4-0 home loss to Club Brugge, who registered their first win in Group A.

RED STAR: Borjan 7, Stojkovic 7, Savic 8, Degenek 8, Rodic 8, Srnic 7, Krsticic 7, Jovancic 7, Nabouhane 7, Marin 8, Pavkov 8.

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"The front three still aren't firing on all cylinders but they're still a handful, especially Sadio Mane".

Captain James Milner, who gave the ball away in midfield in the build-up to the hosts' second goal, was similarly succinct in his analysis of the game. The Reds remain with their Champions League fate in their own hands, now in second place.

Although Liverpool are sitting pretty atop their Champions League group, the visit to Belgrade definitely seems by far the easier of the three remaining ties and should provide more than the required motivation for the men in Red to come back with a victory.

"Hendo was close, but not close enough". A deflected cross from Andrew Robertson also bounced onto the crossbar after the break.

The atmosphere reached fever pitch seven minutes later as Pavkov doubled the home side's advantage, rifling a screaming shot from 25 metres into the right corner of the net with Alisson well beaten.