James Milner rues missed chances after loss to Red Star


Red Star Belgrade secured their first-ever Champions League group stage win after two goals from towering striker Milan Pavkov helped the Serbian side to a memorable 2-0 home victory over a subdued Liverpool in Group C. The boys are very disappointed, I'm very disappointed.

Liverpool still lead Group C but could fall behind Napoli or Paris Saint-Germain, who meet in Italy later on Tuesday, and face both sides in their final two group games.

Two first-half strikes from Milan Pavkov, a 24-year-old scoring his first European goals in only his 11th appearance, were enough to beat the off-colour Reds.

Liverpool ideally need to get a result with a tricky tie away in the French capital to come next before a potential qualification decider at home against Napoli at the end of the group. "We have to do better because we can do better, but tonight it is too late", said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Before that, though, Liverpool will be confident of getting back to winning ways on Sunday afternoon, when they host Fulham, who now occupy bottom spot in the Premier League table.

Pakov and Red Star celebrate.

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"They're struggling away from home and PSG are playing really well at home", McManaman said of Liverpool.

He leapt highest at a corner to head in a right-wing delivery from Marko Marin and put Red Star ahead.

Explaining Shaqiri's non-inclusion in the squad, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: "It's a situation where we will go to the fantastic city of Belgrade as a football team to play football".

Xherdan Shaqiri has been left out of Liverpool's squad for their upcoming fixture against Serbian club Red Star Belgrade because of his Albanian roots.

"He's played in 69 games since the start of last season, more than any other player in the Premier League". A deflected cross from Liverpool left back Andrew Robertson also bounced onto the crossbar after the break. "He's our player, he'll play a lot of games for us but not tomorrow".

The visitors looked like they missed the controlling presence of the injured Jordan Henderson - someone to take hold of the ball and calm the game down.