Liverpool vs Red Star Belgrade: Surprise squad omission on the cards

Xherdan Shaqiri- Jurgen Klopp keen to avoid off-field drama in Belgrade and may leave Xherdan Shaqiri behind in Liverpool

Liverpool have left Swiss worldwide Xherdan Shaqiri out of the squad for Tuesday's Champions League tie at Red Star Belgrade, saying they were uncertain over what sort of reception he would receive in the Serbian capital.

"I didn't want to have the discussion we are having now before the game".

To add insult to injury, liverpool found themselves 2-0 down within half an hour when Crvena Zvezda striker Milan Pavkov scored a quick brace, netting the opener after 22 minutes and again seven minutes later to give his side the lead at half time.

The Reds are well-placed in Group C of the European competition and a win could put more pressure on PSG and Napoli as the two teams will face Liverpool on the final two matchdays of the group phase.

That is the verdict of BT Sport pundit and former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman. They were, if you want, on their bikes and we had to deal with the situation.

Pavkov rose highest in a crowded penalty area to power home Marko Marin's corner to spark wild scenes of celebration.

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While this supporter reckons Klopp failed to show Red Star enough respect for starting the pair.

A trip to Red Star Belgrade was always going to be a daunting one for the Liverpool squad but even they might have been surprised by the welcome they got prior to kick-off this evening.

We didn't start and when you don't start in the Champions League you get punished.

The 27-year-old is an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, where tensions between the Albanian and Serbian populations have remained rife since the Kosovo War of the late 1990s.

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.

"We are from Liverpool, we know how big the influence of atmosphere can be", said the Reds boss, whose side comfortably won 4-0 against Red Star at Anfield a fortnight ago. "He's our player, he'll play a lot of games for us but not tomorrow". A deflected cross from Liverpool left back Andrew Robertson also bounced onto the crossbar after the break.

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