Red Star split Liverpool into two

November 6, 2018

Red Star Belgrade took the lead and looked pumped up after breaking the deadlock through Milan Pavkov (left)

 

Red Star Belgrade rocked Liverpool in Serbia to dent Jurgen Klopp‘s side’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Red Star took the lead through Milan Pavkov’s powerful header from Marko Marin’s corner. And the home crowd were then sent into a frenzy by the striker, who doubled his tally and the Serbian club’s lead with a thumping drive from the edge of the box.

Mo Salah hit the bar in the second half but chances for Liverpool were few and far between as they struggled to implement their usual attacking verve.

Andrew Roberton's face summed up the feeling among Liverpool players after the visitors conceded in Serbia

Andrew Roberton’s face summed up the feeling among Liverpool players after the visitors conceded in Serbia

 

The home fans were sent into raptures and the Red Star team celebrated in fine style after Pavkov's effort

The home fans were sent into raptures and the Red Star team celebrated in fine style after Pavkov’s effort

 

Virgil van Dijk looked unusually shaky at the back and covered his head with his shirt after the Reds conceded 

Virgil van Dijk looked unusually shaky at the back and covered his head with his shirt after the Reds conceded

 

Pavkov towered above the Liverpool defenders and powered his header beyond Alisson into the bottom corner

Pavkov towered above the Liverpool defenders and powered his header beyond Alisson into the bottom corner

 

Alisson stood rooted to the spot and watched as the ball nestled into the corner and his side fell behind in the game

Alisson stood rooted to the spot and watched as the ball nestled into the corner and his side fell behind in the game

 

The Red Star Belgrade fans provided plenty of noise and created a hugely hostile atmosphere for Jurgen Klopp's men

The Red Star Belgrade fans provided plenty of noise and created a hugely hostile atmosphere for Jurgen Klopp’s men

 

Pavkov was given the chance in the team by his manager and took full advantage by scoring a first half brace

Pavkov was given the chance in the team by his manager and took full advantage by scoring a first half brace

 

The striker's second goal of the game came from just outside the box as he smashed a drive beyond the goalkeeper

The striker’s second goal of the game came from just outside the box as he smashed a drive beyond the goalkeeper

 

Spirits soared among the Red Star players as they put Liverpool's qualification to the knockout stages in doubt 

 

Spirits soared among the Red Star players as they put Liverpool’s qualification to the knockout stages in doubt

 

Alisson could have done better for the second goal and managed to get fingertips to the powerful strike 

Alisson could have done better for the second goal and managed to get fingertips to the powerful strike

 

Daniel Sturridge was crowded out at every opportunity by a swarm of Red Star defenders before he was replaced

Daniel Sturridge was crowded out at every opportunity by a swarm of Red Star defenders before he was replaced

 

Trent Alexander-Arnold goes airborne as he competes with Milan Rodic in a full-blooded challenge at Rajko Mitic Stadium

Trent Alexander-Arnold goes airborne as he competes with Milan Rodic in a full-blooded challenge at Rajko Mitic Stadium

 

Klopp was apoplectic on the sidelines and seemed confused at time at what he was witnessing from his side

Klopp was apoplectic on the sidelines and seemed confused at time at what he was witnessing from his side

 

Salah looked downcast after he hit the bar and failed to haul Liverpool back into the game against resilient defence

Salah looked downcast after he hit the bar and failed to haul Liverpool back into the game against resilient defence

 

Joel Matip came into the team after Dejan Lovren stayed at the team hotel due to illness preventing him playing

Joel Matip came into the team after Dejan Lovren stayed at the team hotel due to illness preventing him playing

 

The crowd delivered a huge amount of noise throughout the game even with Red Star on the back foot 

The crowd delivered a huge amount of noise throughout the game even with Red Star on the back foot

 

Milan Borjan instructs his side to calm down and keep their composure in the face of a Liverpool spell of pressure

Milan Borjan instructs his side to calm down and keep their composure in the face of a Liverpool spell of pressure

 

MATCH FACTS, AND ANALYSIS FROM MATCHZONE

Red Star Belgrade:

Borjan, Stojkovic (Gobeljic), Savic, Degenek, Rodic, Krsticic (Jovovic), Jovancic, Ben Nabouhane, Marin (Causic), Srnic, Pavkov

Unused Subs:

Popovic, Babic, Stojiljkovic, Simic,

Bookings: Marin

Goals: Pavkov (22, 29)

 

Liverpool:

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold (Gomez), Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Salah, Sturridge (Firmino), Mané

Unused Subs:

Fabinho, Keita, Moreno, Mignolet, Origi

Bookings: Lallana

Goals:

Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

Milan Pavkov scored the second goal of the game from outside the box for Red Star. Click here for more analysis from our Matchzone feature. 

Milan Pavkov scored the second goal of the game from outside the box for Red Star

 

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk


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