Charlie Nicholas states his prediction for Red Star Belgrade v Liverpool FC

Xherdan Shaqiri Sadio Mane Liverpool 2018-19

Xherdan Shaqiri Sadio Mane Liverpool 2018-19

Klopp may not want to give the expected sell-out crowd any more fuel in what should already be a heated contest with Red Star needing to get a result.

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.

Fearing Tuesday's clash as the potential stage for political statements to be thrown around due to Shaqiri's mere presence at Stadion Rajko Mitic, Liverpool have taken the precaution of leaving Shaqiri at home to avoid the midweek clash becoming the venue for anything other than a Champions League game.

Milan Pavkov scored twice in seven first-half minutes to hand Red Star their first Champions League victory in 26 years.

After battling through several qualification rounds, Red Star has seemingly frozen in the group stages.

Daniel Sturridge, who started up front for Liverpool in place of Roberto Firmino, sidefooted over the bar from close range in the first half and Mohamed Salah saw his shot strike the post after halftime.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the German tactician said, "We will take pretty much everyone". "In the game [we lost our mojo], but not in general", he added.

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"We are here to play football", Klopp told a news conference on Monday ahead of the Group C game.

After beating the same team 4-0 at Anfield in the last round of matches, taking another three points would have put the Reds in a commanding position in the group.

However, they are a different proposition at home and after holding Napoli to a 0-0 draw in their group opener, they kept Liverpool at bay after the break.

James Milner, the goalscoring hero on Saturday at the Emirates, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana were made to look very ordinary on a quite extraordinary evening.

'It made sense to make a few changes, 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, ' said Klopp.

"We won against a big club and this is a first win in the Champions League for any club in this country and this is why this generation can become equal to earlier generations and enter history".

Meanwhile, Monaco were handed a humiliating defeat that all but ended their Champions League campaign as Thierry Henry once again failed to secure a maiden win as coach.

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