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Liverpool suffer shock defeat against Red Star Belgrade

Liverpool were dominated in a surprising 2-0 defeat to Serbian side Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.

Problems in all areas cost Liverpool an important three points on the road. A static midfield and a leaky defence left the Reds two goals down after just 29 minutes. Marko Marin’s double made for an overall comfortable win for Belgrade.

Liverpool’s attack was also under-par throughout the game, despite Klopp’s attempt to add creativity during the second half.

The Reds must rely on positive performances against Napoli and Paris Saint Germain to secure their place in the knockouts.

Line up

The squad saw a few questionable changes for their trip to Belgrade. Adam Lallana was selected ahead of Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri, who didn’t travel with the team.

As a result of the change in midfield personnel, Liverpool struggled to create a fluid attacking movement. The front three also failed to convert some clear-cut chances, seeing them rattle the woodwork several times.

The Reds’ lack of urgency and sticky passing left easy gaps for the opposition to weave between. Poor defending and marking also put Alisson in some tricky situations, which Red Star capitalised on.

In order to redeem their poor performance, Liverpool must deliver successful displays against Napoli and PSG. The Reds stay on six points in Group C, putting them in second place. Napoli’s draw against PSG sees them sneak to the top of the table with PSG just one point behind.

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