Milan Pavkov's Brilliant Long Range Shot Gives Red Star 2-0 Lead

  • Milan Pavkov's Brilliant Long Range Shot Gives Red Star 2-0 Lead

Milan Pavkov's Brilliant Long Range Shot Gives Red Star 2-0 Lead

The second half was little better for Liverpool and it took until the 70th minute before they were able to truly test Red Star's keeper, Milan Borjan.

Daniel Sturridge started in place of Roberto Firmino, but the former Chelsea forward blazed over a golden opportunity with the game still goalless. They saw the game tonight probably and will think: "'OK, this team has weaknesses.' We have to make sure we don't have them on Sunday".

Pakov and Red Star celebrate.

Having thrashed the Serbian SuperLiga leaders 4-0 a fortnight ago at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp's side will be hoping to repeat their heroics away from home in order to strengthen their stranglehold at the top of their group, ahead of key encounters against Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain. 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.

Last season Liverpool defied expectation by getting to the final of the Champions League, only to lose following Loris Karius' infamous display and Gareth Bale's incredible first goal.

With the confidence flowing, Pavkov then doubled Red Star's advantage six minutes later, holding off the challenge of Georginio Wijnaldum before steadying himself and firing home from 25-yards out.

Robertson accepts they have not been at their best over the last three months and that the high standard they set in the previous campaign is now what they will be judged on.

Pavkov leapt above defenders Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip to power Marko Marin's delivery low beyond Alisson in the Liverpool goal with just 22-minutes on the clock.

Whether Klopp's side progress from Group C or not, it is hard to make a case for a disappointing Champions League exit not having a negative psychological impact on the club as they try to return the summit of English football.

Owen and McManaman noted that Alisson was in position to stop the second goal.

"Hendo was close, but not close enough". A deflected cross from Liverpool left back Andrew Robertson also bounced onto the crossbar after the break. Mohamed Salah stung the Canadian's palms with a long range drive before clipping the post with an effort from the resulting corner.