Changes: Predicted Liverpool Lineup vs Red Star Belgrade

Changes: Predicted Liverpool Lineup vs Red Star Belgrade

Changes: Predicted Liverpool Lineup vs Red Star Belgrade

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has deliberately excluded Switzerland global, Xherdan Shaqiri, from The Reds' squad to face Serbian side Red Star Belgrade (FK Crvena Zvezda) in their Tuesday's Champions League Group C clash at the Rajko Mitic Stadium in Belgrade, and he explains that the decision was taken to save the club a possible distraction as a result of political tension in the region - the player's land of birth.

Liverpool will visit Red Star Belgrade to play a UEFA Champions League group stage match on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The visitors got off to a superb start as they raced into a three-goal inside 25 minutes, with Hans Vanaken netting a brace while Wesley netted the third.

Back then, eastern European teams were genuine contenders for club football's biggest prize - Steaua Bucharest of Romania were European champions in 1986 - and Red Star had some of the world's best players like Robert Prosinecki and Dejan Savicevic.

When Red Star travelled to Anfield last month, Shaqiri was roundly jeered by the away fans, showing that his actions had certainly stayed fresh in the minds of some Serbians.

"I don't say it is already serious if you lose twice but we have to make sure it will not not happen again as the next game is an away game [against Paris St Germain] before a very hard home game against Napoli".

And their performance highlights a worrying trend for Liverpool under Klopp, that their midfield fails to really take games by the scruff of the neck when their opponents sit deep and frustrate them.

Asked whether they now had an issue playing away he said: "In the game, not in general we lost it".

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

Liverpool FC can propel itself toward the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds by making the most of a long journey. Andrew Robertson's deflected ball in came off the crossbar before Mohamed Salah's effort struck the post.

"That's how everybody from outside sees it but, for me, it's not that we have no chance to get points from the other two games", he said.

"Depending on the results tonight, we know Napoli are going to play Red Star at home next, you'd expect them to win that".

Red Star moved onto four points, two behind Liverpool, and its home form means it still has a chance of a top-two finish. Red Star drew 0-0 with Napoli in their previous home game.

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