Champions League: Red Star Belgrade upset Liverpool

Champions League: Red Star Belgrade upset Liverpool

The English club has now lost both of its away games in the group stage, having been beaten 1-0 at Napoli last month, and its fearsome attacking unit again lacked a cutting edge in Belgrade against an opponent Liverpool thrashed 4-0 two weeks ago at Anfield.

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A double from Milan Pavkov proved enough for Red Star to pick up their first win of the pool stage and leave Group C in the balance. We had a lot of moments when we could get in control of the game and we didn't do it, we just made the wrong decision.

"We had chances and we came out at the start of the second half which was better, but we weren't ruthless enough and we weren't patient enough", Lallana told the club's official website. "We will talk about that but we can't change it".

But Liverpool should have been in front in the 17th minute when the ball ran kindly for Daniel Sturridge inside the six-yard box, but the England worldwide somehow managed to blaze over the bar when completely unmarked. Napoli found it tough when they came here and we knew it was going to be a tough place to come.

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"Look, I'm a human being and if I would be, 10 minutes after the game, here and have a big speech then I would think I'm a bit silly". We gave them too many set-pieces. A few we had to make and a few we wanted to but it is easy to say it didn't work out in the end.

There were plenty of candidates for worst player, but Daniel Sturridge's terrible first half performance was noticeably awful. They scored with a header from a corner and the second goal was out of the blue.

That was of little concern to Red Star's players, however, as they joined arms and took the acclaim of their supporters on the full-time whistle.

"I have heard so many wonderful things about the city of Belgrade, and the country of Serbia as a whole, from friends and colleagues who've visited before, so now I'm really looking forward to taking Liverpool there for a great game of Champions League football".

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