Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Xherdan Shaqiri to miss Liverpool trip to Belgrade

Reports: Klopp Considering Dropping Shaqiri From Belgrade Visit Xherdan Shaqiri left out of Liverpool squad travelling to Serbia to "avoid any distractions"
Ivan Hill | 07 November, 2018, 03:57

In an attempts to "avoid any distractions" Xherdan Shaqiri's presence in Belgrade may inspire, Jurgen Klopp opted to leave the Swiss worldwide out of his Liverpool squad for this week's Champions League tie against Red Star.

But Red Star were worthy of the victory - the first they have claimed in the Champions League for 26 years - in front of a noisy and passionate home crowd in the Rajko Mitic Stadium.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said on the club's website on Monday: "It's a situation where we will go to the fantastic city of Belgrade as a football team to play football".

'Passing the ball wasn't good enough.

The defeat represents a major blow to Jurgen Klopp's side, as most defeats do in fairness, who may now require maximum points from their final two group games to get through to the Champions League knockout stages.

The Reds were top of the group heading into the tie and had the chance to extend their lead over Napoli and Paris-Saint Germain.

Milan Pavkov scored both goals as the Group C's basement club picked up their first win of the competition to give themselves hope of continuing in Europe. We have to make sure you can not ask that question again.

They got a hard group stage draw when PSG and Napoli came out of the hat with them but they continued their excellent European form with an opening round win against the Ligue 1 champions to put themselves in pole position.

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As well, Djokovic is in full form despite seeming a bit under the weather in his second-round win over Joao Sousa in Monday. But the most important thing for me is to be healthy, be healthy and have the chance to compete weeks in a row.


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.

Klopp recognised his initial error at half-time by throwing on Firmino and Joe Gomez at the break.

Last season's runners-up are now top of Group C and one point clear of Napoli at the midway point of the group stage.

Red Star had failed to get a single shot on target at Anfield as they wilted under the Merseyside lights, but tonight they produced a stunning performance that saw Pavkov propel his name on to the world stage.

"He is our player, we love him, and he will play for us a lot of times, but not on Tuesday".

Adam Lallana nearly got Liverpool back in the game moments later but his header was deflected just wide, and Sturridge then fired wide from just inside the box.

PSG are one point behind with Belgrade propping up the table on four points.

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