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Liverpool receive timely boost ahead of Red Star Belgrade encounter

Liverpool receive timely boost ahead of Red Star Belgrade encounter

Xherdan Shaqiri has been left out of Liverpool's squad for their upcoming fixture against Serbian club Red Star Belgrade because of his Albanian roots.

The Reds now occupy top spot in their Champions League group and will want to replicate their 4-0 result in the last meeting between the two sides.

Jurgen Klopp's side emerged as comfortable winners when they faced Red Star Belgrade at Anfield but a clash away from home could be trickier as Belgrade held Napoli at home and put in a resolute display.

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

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.

Red Star, who are playing in the competition's present format for the first time since they won the European Cup in 1991, also have four points after a spirited performance.

Milan Pavkov opened the scoring for the hosts in the 22nd minute with a towering header from a Marko Marin corner.

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Five whole innings later, Muncy would win the game , and dig the Dodgers out of what was very almost an oppressively deep hole. Kinsler appeared on shaky footing when he scooped it up and fired toward first, and the ball sailed well wide of its target.

Jurgen Klopp's side now sit top of Group C and go into the Belgrade clash as heavy favourites having comfortably dispatched Red Star at Anfield recently.

In other words, they couldn't really argue with the scoreline.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner told United Kingdom broadcaster BT Sport that Liverpool had problems "all over the field" in the first half and never properly recovered. They are one of the main contenders to win the Champions League; the team is made to attack for the title.

The humiliating defeat to the Champions League minnows leaves Liverpool's hopes of progressing to the knockout stages in tatters. These games are always tough to start off with and Red Star will give Liverpool plenty to deal with in the opening stages but once they get over that then they've got the skill to get a couple of goals.

"And I said it, he's our player, he will play a lot of games for us but not [on Tuesday], that's all".

AS Monaco's poor Champions League campaign continued after they were thumped 4-0 by Club Brugge on home soil.

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